With the cyber threat facing healthcare organisations across the globe and on a domestic level at a high, a significant Public Health England data breach could easily happen. With cybersecurity and data protection under such scrutiny, it is natural that doubts have been cast over all kinds of data controllers in the healthcare sector.
The spike in cyberattacks on the healthcare sector has been a much-reported issue over the past year or so, with a perception that cybercriminals have sought to take advantage of the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is also true that a vast number of data breaches within the healthcare sector are caused by human error, so healthcare organisations must focus on internal training to ensure that they keep information secure.
If you have been affected by a healthcare data breach, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the harm caused. At Your Lawyers – the Data Leak Lawyers – as leading privacy claims experts, we have years of experience in data breach claims, and we can use our expertise to help you achieve the justice you deserve.
Many of the data breach victims that we represent suffer the harmful consequences of privacy incidents. Victims are often affected by distress, as well as being targets for scammers and fraudsters seeking to capitalise on the exposure of private information. Unfortunately, there can be even more damaging effects to data breaches, particularly those that affect highly sensitive information. For those who have suffered from a catastrophic data breach, compensation claims can allow victims to recover compensation for the harm caused.
Your Lawyers, as leading specialists in data breach claims, have seen how profoundly information exposure can affect the lives and well-being of our clients. In our view, it is unacceptable that such suffering should be caused by organisations failing to comply with data protection laws. We have dedicated ourselves to helping data breach victims assert their rights since 2014, so we have the experience to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
We are now two years on from the revelation about the serious Charing Cross Gender Clinic data leak, and we continue to represent victims for compensation claims.
Although our action is now at an advanced stage, given how long ago the email data breaches took place, do not worry if you have yet to start a claim – there is still time. However, we just strongly urge anyone affected to start their claim as a matter of urgency to avoid missing out on the three-year rule for claiming personal injury damages in a data breach compensation case. For anyone who has suffered significantly, which we understand given the nature of the breaches, higher-level awards can be caught by the personal injury time limits. Generally speaking, you must have either settled a legal case or issued legal proceedings before the deadline expires, so there really isn’t much time left at all.
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The link between healthcare data breaches and Covid has been well-documented, with various studies and reports suggesting that breaches have been on the rise worldwide since 2020. With hospitals already under immense strain, it is unsurprising that they have become more vulnerable to cyberattacks, in addition to the usual internal errors and leaks and breaches that can take place.
While data security may have become somewhat of a peripheral concern during the coronavirus pandemic, it needs to be brought front and centre if the problem is to be tackled, and if data controllers are to prevent the problem from being exploited by criminals. In the past, data breaches have often highlighted the lacklustre approach to data protection at many healthcare organisations, where there can sometimes be a lack of cybersecurity resources and expertise.
But these shortages cannot be an excuse. If you have been affected by a healthcare data breach since the start of the pandemic, you could be eligible to claim compensation for any harm caused. There is no reason for you not to seek justice when you have been harmed. As such, you can contact us for free, no-obligation advice if you think you may have a claim to make.
The education sector is being increasingly targeted by cyberattacks, with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issuing a warning regarding the rising incidence of criminal attacks in late March. Primary schools, secondary schools and higher educational institutions all hold a wide variety of private information, some of which can be highly sensitive in nature. Ensuring good cybersecurity in the education sector is, therefore, of paramount importance to ensure the privacy and safety of both staff and students.
While some cyberattacks can be difficult to prevent, it can sometimes be the case that organisations have failed to ensure that their systems are secure enough, allowing hackers a point of easy access. When this occurs, the organisation in question may have breached data protection law.
It is essential that schools and universities do their bit to protect the information that they store and process, or they risk exposing staff and students to data misuse. Anyone who has been put in this vulnerable situation may be eligible to claim compensation for the harm caused, so do not hesitate to contact us if you think that you may have a claim to make.
On top of the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare organisations across the globe have also had to contend with rising healthcare cyberattacks since the outbreak began. Cybercriminals, perceiving that attention was diverted to managing the virus, have perhaps seen the pandemic as an opportunity to target hospitals and healthcare organisations under strain. The need for strong cybersecurity in the NHS has, therefore, never been more urgent.
Unfortunately, the NHS has not been known for good cybersecurity and data protection measures in the past, having suffered a number of severe cyberattacks and data breaches in recent years. One of the most infamous incidents was the WannaCry ransomware attack of 2017, where the NHS was said to be more susceptible to this attack due to a failure to follow cybersecurity recommendations.
Even within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no excuse for poor data protection by healthcare organisations, and the government must step in where funding is an issue. It is vital that action is taken to tackle the short-term threat, as well as planning for the future of cyberattacks.
Serving millions of patients across the UK, the NHS stores swathes of medical records in its databases. When correctly configured and protected, these databases can ensure that patients’ records are not subjected to unauthorised access or misuse. But, when errors are made, leaving patient records unsecured can have profound consequences for those affected.
The sensitivity of medical data can make it a prime target for hackers and fraudsters, so healthcare organisations have a duty to their patients to ensure that no private records fall into the wrong hands. However, even minor cybersecurity mistakes have been known to cause mass information exposure in the NHS.
Those affected by healthcare data breaches can be severely affected, but making a claim can enable victims to recover compensation for the harm caused. We have helped many victims of medical data breaches to make compensation claims, so contact us for free, no-obligation advice if you think you may have a claim to make.
Healthcare organisations hold a vast array of different data about their patients, most of which is highly private and sensitive. Confidential medical information should be safeguarded by the principle of doctor-patient confidentiality, as well as by strong data protection measures. Unfortunately, the number of cybercriminals targeting medical data appears to be on the rise around the globe.
With medical information a prime target, it is important that all healthcare organisations ensure that their systems are secure, and that employees abide by strict data protection procedures. However, in too many cases, there appears to be holes in the defences that put patient data at risk.
Any patient that has been made vulnerable to data misuse by the errors of a healthcare organisation may be able to claim compensation for the harm caused. If you think that you may have a claim to make, you can contact us for free, no-obligation advice on your potential compensation claim.
NHS test and trace contact centres have been implicated in a security controversy, after concerns were raised that staff have been using their personal email addresses for sending private health data, according to Healthcare IT News.
The test and trace scheme has been subjected to data security criticisms since its beginnings. Some worries look to have been proven right, given that a number of data breaches have exposed coronavirus test results over the past year. With the medical sector already a prime target for hackers, it seems clear to us that more needs to be done.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has challenged NHS staff and resources, it is still unacceptable that data security has been allowed to slip, particularly given that the pandemic has seen a spike in the occurrence of cyberattacks. Where sensitive medical information is at stake, there can be no room for error.
Three years have passed since the NHS Digital data breach was reported, in a wide-reaching incident affecting around 150,000 patients across the country. Patients affected had chosen to opt-out from their medical information being used for non-care related purposes, but a mistake made by the IT and data branch of the NHS caused their requests to not be upheld.
Medical details represent perhaps the most sensitive type of personal information about us, so health professionals and services owe an important duty to their patients to protect this information and keep it confidential. This includes giving patients the option to choose how their data is processed and used, empowering them to take control of data disclosure. As such, when the health service fails to observe the choices of patients, it can be an indication of inept and inadequate data protection.
We began taking on claims for those affected by the NHS Digital data breach soon after it came to light, and we can still register claims despite the time that has elapsed since the incident. Contact us now to receive free, no-obligation advice on your claim.