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NHS data protection still inadequate

16th July 2010

Research has suggested that NHS information security remains inadequate despite the introduction of tougher penalties for health trusts which fail to protect patient data.

IT firm Hytec said around 10% of trusts in England are on “amber alert”, meaning they scored between 40% and 69% in the Information Governance Statement of Compliance. The figures come as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was granted the power to fine failing bodies up to £500,000 after it emerged that the NHS had been responsible for almost a third of all breaches (300-plus) reported to the ICO since 2007.

 

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