European Court fines Finland for data breach

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the Finnish government to pay out €34,000 because it failed to protect a citizen’s personal data, by not adequately securing and protecting a patient’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 “the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.” It said it was uncontested that the confidentiality of medical records is a vital component of a private life.

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