European Court fines Finland for data breach
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the Finnish government to pay out â‚¬34,000 because it failed to protect a citizen’s personal data, by not adequately securing and protecting a patientâ€™s confidential record.
The case could prove significant by creating a legal precedent, based on the European Convention on Human Rights, linking data security and human rights.
The Court made its ruling based on Article 8 of the Convention, which guarantees every citizen â€œthe right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.â€ It said it was uncontested that the confidentiality of medical records is a vital component of a private life.
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