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NHS Highland reprimand for HIV patient email data breach

NHS Highland has been reprimanded for a data breach which revealed the personal email addresses of people invited to use HIV services.

The health board used CC (carbon copy) instead of BCC (blind carbon copy) to send an email to 37 people.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said the error amounted to a "serious breach of trust". It called for improvements to be made to data protection safeguards for HIV service providers.

The mistake meant all recipients of the email could see the personal addresses of the others receiving it.

One person said they recognised four other individuals, one of whom was a previous sexual partner.

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Source: BBC News, 30 March 2023



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