An intelligent, grown-up debate

The Chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Kingsley Manning, wrote to the Guardian this week to ask for “an intelligent, grown-up debate” about the sharing of GP-held health data with the HSCIC, so that it can then be accessed by researchers of various kinds. This bracing proposition was almost immediately undermined by […]

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I see dead people

Before 2010, the ICO operated a brisk production line of undertakings to tackle the self-reported security breaches that came in the wake of the HMRC lost discs fiasco. Now they have the power to issue civil monetary penalties, the production line keeps humming. The obsession with security is such that even CMPs like the ones […]

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Doctor, Doctor, I feel like an establishment figure with something to hide

The Daily Telegraph reports today that the Department of Health will only publish information about medical outcomes with the consent of the doctors concerned, following receipt of legal advice about the data protection implications. To use the accepted technical term, this is bollocks. Firstly, we should question whether this is personal data at all. The […]

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Not now, Brian, we’re busy

Imagine that you are employed by a mobile phone network. Somebody working for a claims management firm approaches you, offering a large sum of money to steal the customer database, especially the mobile numbers. They want to send PPI claim text messages to all of the people on the list. You download the customer data, […]

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We Take Public Relations Very Seriously

This week, the Information Commissioner’s Office issued its latest Data Protection civil monetary penalty, a £150,000 fine on Greater Manchester Police following the theft of an unencrypted pen-drive. The police perspective was available via the Manchester Evening News, in a comment from Assistant Chief Officer Lynne Potts: “This was very much an isolated incident. We […]

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Wake up and smell the non-trivial data security incidents

You know what it’s like. You’re travelling home on three trains to complete a journey that would take half the time if only the trains went a sensible way. You’re too tired to do anything constructive, you’ve forgotten your Kindle but you’ve afraid to do nothing in case you doze off and miss the stop […]

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