NHS Trust suffered two data breaches as a result of FOI responses

07/12/2023 | The Register

Over 22,000 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust patients were affected by two separate data breaches due to Freedom of Information request responses. Most of the affected patients (22,073) were maternity patients, with their names, hospital numbers, and medical information like birth outcomes and conception dates being exposed. The data was available on WhatDoTheyKnow between 18 November 2020 and 1 November 2023, but it was promptly removed upon discovery. NHS England's national cybersecurity team helped the Trust ensure that the data was not available anywhere else on the internet.

During a subsequent audit of all FOI responses issued over the past 10 years, the Trust found one additional breach in which the data of 373 cancer patients in clinical trials was exposed to a private company. The Trust has asked the company to delete the data. There is no evidence that the information from either incident was accessed or shared beyond the original recipients.

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Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooks Hospital

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