ICO report shows highest number of data breaches within health sector
A report from the Information Commissioner’s Office has revealed that the highest percentage of personal data breaches was within the health sector for the period April – June 2021.
The latest data shows that the ICO received a total of 607 Health sector breaches within Q1 of 21/22. Of this total, 499 relate to non-cyber incidents, and the remaining 108 were cyber-related, involving methods, such as phishing and ransomware.
Data Breach Claims Solicitor, Paul Cahill, said:
“It’s no surprise that a large proportion of the breaches reported to the ICO have come from the health sector due to the large amount of personal data that it handles on a daily basis. There is evidence to show that the health sector is particularly diligent when it comes to reporting data breaches and that may be the reason that the sector sees more breaches reported to the ICO than others.
“The reality is that any organisation which handles people’s personal information must be extremely careful to avoid data breaches and the possibility of ICO reports, fines and civil claims that can occur as a result of a breach.”
At Fletchers Data Claims, we’ve represented a number of patients those involved in the Wigan Hospital Data breach. In September 2019, the ICO launched a criminal investigation into the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust, after they admitted a serious data breach. It was revealed that the personal details of more than 2000 patients had been accessed unnecessarily or without the proper permissions.
We’ve also helped those affected by the Transform Hospital Group breach. The Transform Group, which specialises in weight loss and cosmetic surgery, were targeted by hackers, who stole 900 gigabytes of patient information, including photographs, names & address details, and medical details.
What should I do if I think I have a claim?
When your personal data is stolen it can be extremely upsetting, especially when that data relates to something as sensitive as your health.
If you think your personal information has been affected by a data breach, you could be entitled to compensation. Even if there was no specific loss or damage, you may still be able to claim for the distress you’ve experienced.