A new judgment in the Bounty saga with wider implications

19/04/2022 | 11KBW Panopticon Blog

A trial involving Bounty (the company fined £400,000 by the ICO for illegally sharing the personal information of 14 million mums and babies, which have since gone into administration) and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was recently heard in the High Court. The judge found that the Trust was not responsible for the wrongdoing of Bounty, which obtained personal information about a newborn baby from the patient information sheets located at the foot of the bed. The patient record did not constitute the making available of the personal data contained within it. Furthermore, Bounty was the relevant controller who conducted unauthorised processing following its representatives' inappropriate and unlawful viewing of the information. 

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