9th July 2018/ CYBER NEWS
NHS records released without permission
The NHS’s seventieth anniversary celebrations have been somewhat tarnished by the revelation that the confidential medical records of 150,000 patients have not remained confidential after all – contrary to their express wishes.
The patients had assumed that health data stored on the NHS’s Digital IT system would be kept private but, due to a supplier’s coding error, their preference for privacy failed to register – and their data may have been shared with universities, health research companies and other such organisations.
NHS Digital has apologised and assured all patients that the fault has been rectified; with no chance of it reoccurring. In future, patients will have direct control of their data as part of the new national data opt-out.