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A review into a major blunder in the breast cancer screening programme which meant thousands of women were not invited to final screenings has found that the announcement was made following advice based on an incomplete understanding of what had happened.The error was said to have affected an estimated 450,000…
Fresh concerns about patient data have been raised after Google announced plans to bring the health division of its DeepMind artificial intelligence company more closely under its control.The move means Google will manage the subsidiary's Streams app, which processes NHS patient data to alert doctors if someone is at risk…
A report from the Children's Commissioner for England has called on internet firms and toy companies to be more transparent in what data they are collecting from children.It says manufacturers of internet-connected toys and online services aimed at younger users should clearly state on packaging or elsewhere if their products…
Each year around 800,000 people across the world take their own lives, leading to a huge impact on family, the community and health professionals. Unfortunately it is not easy to identify those at risk of suicide. A large number of variables and complex interactions mean only a trained clinician can…
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of child sexual abuse. Vulnerable people were placed at risk owing to the error, after the email was sent to 90 inquiry participants on February 27 last year, the…
The NHS accidentally disclosed data on 150,000 patients who had objected to the sharing of their information, it has emerged. Data was shared for clinical audits and research on the patients who had opted out of any data information sharing other than for purposes of their care. In a written…
The Government has lost a legal battle arising out of a data breach when personal details of almost 1,600 immigrants were published online. Leading judges in London were asked to rule on the extent of Home Office liability over the "misuse of private and confidential data" which resulted from the…
A police force has been fined £80,000 after an officer sent a bulk email identifying victims of non-recent child abuse. The email was sent to 56 recipients by an officer from Gloucestershire Police who was investigating allegations of abuse against multiple complainants. The Information Commissioner's Office said the unnamed officer,…
Migration officials have had their power to check NHS records in immigration cases reined in.Digital Minister Margot James told MPs that a previous memorandum of understanding between the Home Office and Department of Health had been narrowed so that records could now only be shared in cases "involving serious criminality".The…
Dame Tessa Jowell "feels a deep sense of responsibility" to give a voice to patients and pave the way for other cancer sufferers, her daughter has said. Jess Mills said she was inspired by her mother's "ferocious sense of mission", as the Labour peer became the first patient to donate…
The first study examining the role of feedback in health research projects involving patients and members of the public (PPI research*) has found that a fifth of PPI contributors never received feedback on how their input has shaped the research project. The NIHR-funded study, which has been published in the…
A police force has been fined £130,000 for losing disks containing a video interview with an alleged rape victim. Humberside Police was handed the six-figure penalty by the Information Commissioner's Office after a bundle containing sensitive details went missing. An investigation by the watchdog revealed that three disks and accompanying…
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