UK: Unencrypted data of 45,000 patients shared by south west ambulance bosses despite "no justifiable legal reason" to do so

jrmaidment reports:

Ambulance bosses have been criticised after the unencrypted data of more than 45,000 patients was shared with NHS chiefs despite there being “no justifiable legal reason” to do so.

South Western Ambulance Service sent seven discs of “descriptive patient data” relating to 45,431 people by recorded delivery to a Clinical Commissioning Group in October 2013.

But while the discs were in possession of the CCG they were found to be unencrypted.

Read more on Gloucestershire Echo.  PHIprivacy.net had reported this incident last month when the ICO revealed that SWAS had signed an undertaking as a result of the incident.

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