Northern Ireland nursing home fined after patient details stolen


A nursing home in Northern Ireland has been fined £15,000 after a laptop containing sensitive information was stolen.

The fine was imposed on Whitehead Nursing Home in County Antrim after a laptop containing staff and patient details was taken home by a member of staff and then stolen in a domestic burglary, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

An investigation has been launched into the incident by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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Ken Macdonald, head of ICO Regions, said: “This nursing home put its employees and residents at risk by failing to follow basic procedures to properly manage and look after the personal information in its care.

“Today’s fine shows we can and will act against any organisation we feel is not taking seriously its duty to look after the personal details it has been entrusted with.

“In a world where personal information is increasingly valuable, it is even more important to ensure the security of data is not overlooked.”

The computer held medical information on 29 residents, including mental and physical health status.

It also stored data relating to 46 staff, including reasons for sickness absence and information about disciplinary matters.

The home said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the ICO decision.


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