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The huge risks of Healthcare staff data breach incidents

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There are huge risks when it comes to Healthcare staff data breach incidents. A large volume of the data breach cases we take forward involve the healthcare sector.

That’s why we’re not surprised that a recent study suggested that more than half of data breach incidents in the healthcare industry are reportedly caused by staff themselves. Whether it’s a direct human error that has led to a breach, or staff abusing their powers, it’s the employees themselves that remain such a huge risk for organisations.

Even hacks and cyber attacks can be linked back to staff as well. An easy example is staff falling victim to phishing scams and their user credentials being compromised and then abused by criminals.

The risks of a Healthcare staff data breach

The risks when it comes to a Healthcare staff data breach incident are obviously huge. Staff have the powers to access a wealth of incredibly personal and sensitive data.

Some staff abuse their rights to access such data, which triggered a warning from the ICO recently. It has also led to a number of compensation claims we’re representing people for when staff have snooped on medical records that they had no right to be accessing.

And with remote working and access to work data so common these days, personal security lapses that leave organisations vulnerable are also a huge concern. Simple access to emails on a phone could be a gateway for hackers to exploit. As much as ease of access can be incredibly beneficial for staff, it can also open more doors to criminals.

The 2017 WannaCry incident was serious. It targeted older and more outdated systems, which is why the NHS was hit so badly. But research shows that it isn’t just the hackers attacking systems that we need to worry about. The actions of employees can be just as much of a risk.

Healthcare staff data breach compensation claims

Healthcare staff data breach compensation claims can be common. You are able to make a claim on a No Win, No Fee basis where the cause of a breach is related to an employee of the organisation.

Employers can be vicariously liable for the actions of their employees. This means that the negligence of an employee can fall on the employer, and your claim is against the employer. It does depend on the circumstances of the incident, but you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Free, no-obligation advice

We’re happy to offer you free, no-obligation advice about your options when it comes to a healthcare data breach compensation claim. Feel free to get in touch for more advice.

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First published by Matthew on April 26, 2019
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