Criminal probe after data breach at Wigan hospital

Liam Sou Tar reports:

The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust has sent out letters to victims of the data breach, who number more than 2,000, explaining that personal information was viewed on multiple occasions by an employee who had no legitimate reason to access the files and were not permitted to do so.

Read more on Wigan Today. It seems that not only did staff exceed their authorized access to snoop into patients’ records, but the trust cannot validate some of what happened:

Unfortunately during this investigation poor computer etiquette was also identified and therefore we are unable to validate the specific individual concerned.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has opened an investigation into the matter.

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