NHS accused of “cavalier attitude” after data security leaks

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The British National Health Service (NHS) has been accused of losing almost as much personal data in the first three months of this year, as the entire private sector.

With over 140 security breaches by the NHS logged by the Information Commissioner since January, outranking all local and central government data losses combined, it has been confirmed as the public sector’s main loser of personal data.

Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, and assistant commissioner Mick Gorrill told the Independent newspaper that NHS workers were demonstrating a “cavalier attitude” and that “there is a complete disconnect between the procedures laid down by managers and what happens on the ground. We need a complete audit to try to change the culture.”

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.