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Unauthorised access to medical information and the Greater Manchester scandal

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We are now two years on from the discovery of a mass snooping scandal in Greater Manchester involving Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust where the unauthorised access to medical records affected some 2,000 people.

We represent clients for cases in this serious abuse of access by what is understood to be more than one employee at the Trust in question. We represent clients for cases where their wider medical records were accessed during their treatment by people who did not need to access their data, and had no right or reason to. We have also been recommending that our clients check their medical records too as a number of inaccuracies have been identified also.

This all suggests that the practice of medical records data protection and organisation has been poor at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. We continue to represent people for data breach compensation claims, and you can still join our group action for the mass snooping event. You can also speak to our team for free, no-obligation advice about general issues over unauthorised access to medical records as well.

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Healthcare cloud data breaches

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With many businesses and other organisations opting for cloud storage to hold personal information, there is a new dimension of risk management for data controllers to deal with. Healthcare cloud data breaches can be a particular risk, as the healthcare sector has long been a target of cyberattacks, and hospitals’ cloud storage systems can contain a wealth of sensitive data.

When configured and operated correctly, cloud databases should be entirely secure; but user errors can compromise entire systems. Private information can be put at risk by these needless mistakes, leaving the victims vulnerable to data misuse.

Anyone who has had their personal security endangered by a cloud data breach may be able to claim compensation. There are no excuses for database mismanagement, so companies can be held accountable in accordance with the law. To find out more about making a claim, you can contact our team for free, no-obligation advice.

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The Deerbrook Surgery data breach

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We have been approached for help and are taking legal action now for people affected by the recently revealed Deerbrook Surgery data breach who are eligible to claim with us.

Your Lawyers (T/A The Data Leak Lawyers), as a leading firm of data breach compensation experts, is often at the forefront of this still-developing area of law. When new breaches and leaks happen, it can be common for the victims to approach us for help early on. We are often in the media a lot, and we have been working in this niche area of law since 2014. This is a lot longer than most other firms out there, and is why we represent thousands of clients for singular cases and in group and multi-party actions.

Having already recovered over £1m for mostly individual clients, our experience speaks for itself. If you have been affected by the Deerbrook Surgery data breach, you can speak to our team here now for free, no-obligation advice.

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Public Health England data breach concerns and what to do

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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.

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Charing Cross Gender Clinic data leak – still time to claim

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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.

Make sure you sign-up to join the legal action and avoid missing out on the chance to claim damages as a victim of this serious and sensitive leak of personal information

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Healthcare data breaches and Covid

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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.

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Rising healthcare cyberattacks

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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.

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Leaving patient records unsecured

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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.

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Cybercriminals targeting medical data in attacks

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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.

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NHS test and trace privacy

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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.

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