May 032019

Catherine Shanahan reports:

Documents with sensitive patient data identifying children and adults, details of surgical procedures, and reasons for missing appointments have been found on a busy city-centre street in Cork.

The highly personalised information relating to patients attending Cork University Hospital (CUH) for plastic surgery was discovered by Luke Field, a Labour Party local election candidate in Cork City South Central.

Children are readily identifiable because dates of birth are included, as well as references to different children’s wards at CUH, including Ladybird, Seahorse, and Puffin.

Read more on Irish Examiner.

May 032019

Holmes Chan reports:

A government-run dental clinic has lost an appointment book that contains the personal information of about 383 patients.

The Department of Health revealed the incident on Thursday, saying that the Li Po Chun Dental Clinic in Tai Kok Tsui had lost information related to bookings made from January to June 2015. The information included names and dates of appointments, and some entries may have contained patients’ identity card numbers and dates of birth.

Read more on Hong Kong Free Press.

May 022019

Ben Leahy reports:

A Gisborne physiotherapist who lost more than 100 patient files from her practice has been found guilty of misconduct due to the risk to her patients’ privacy.

Jane Moore committed the privacy breaches from 2012 to 2015 while working as a physiotherapist for Hauora Tairāwhiti district health board, according to a recent ruling by the NZ Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Read more on the New Zealand Herald.

May 012019

Asia Fields reports:

Seattle University is warning that the names and Social Security numbers of more than 2,000 people could be exposed after a university-issued laptop was lost last month.

Files containing information for 2,102 current and former faculty, staff and their dependents are accessible from the unencrypted laptop, which a university employee lost on a King County Metro bus on March 26, according to a statement from the university.

Read more on Seattle Times.

Apr 042019

Skye Ryan reports:

A privacy breach of BC Pension Corporation data has left thousands vulnerable to identity theft and those who were impacted wonder why it has taken the corporation two months to notify them. The breach was confirmed Jan. 28 but victims are just learning about the breach now and are being told their most personal information is missing.

Read more on CHEK News.