As patients, we expect our confidential medical data to be taken care of. But the UK health sector accounts for nearly half of all data breaches.
Moreover, as our health and social care system becomes increasingly digital, there are concerns that the robust protections required are simply not in place.
Our healthcare sector does a fantastic job, often under very challenging circumstances. But data privacy is often being treated as an after-thought.
No one wants to sue the NHS, but sometimes making a claim is the only way to force improvements in patient security. It’s also worth mentioning that the NHS is insured against compensation claims.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF A MEDICAL DATA BREACH – WE CAN HELP YOU MAKE A NO-WIN, NO-FEE CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION.
The Maze ransomware group attacked the computer systems of Hammersmith Medicines Research (HMR) – a company which performs early clinical trials of drugs and vaccines. The criminal group had previously promised not to attack medical organisations during the coronavirus outbreak.
Our expert data protection lawyers explain how to find out if HMR breached your data, as well as answering some of the other frequently asked questions in this case.
Despite HMR contacting some of those affected (around 2,300 former volunteer patients), of those who have contacted Keller Lenkner UK about the breach, approximately 60% have not received this confirmation from HMR. So, you could be in involved in the HMR data breach and not know it.
If you have previously volunteered for a paid student medical trial your records could have been stolen in a HMR data breach.
If you have previously volunteered for a paid London medical trial your records could have been stolen in a HMR data breach.
In March 2020, hacker group Maze targeted Hammersmith Medicines Research (HMR). The cyberattack resulted in criminals gaining access to sensitive and confidential patient data. In total, the hackers accessed the personal and medical details of more than 2,300 former volunteers and published many of these online.
NHS Highland patients have been involved in a serious medical data breach. The health board has admitted that the details of 284 patients were sent to 31 people. The data breached includes patients’ contact details, their date of birth and name of their clinic. According to NHS Highland, no other medical information was compromised.
While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:
With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.
GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.