Private health proves to be one of the most affected sectors

14.05.2019

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Private health proves to be one of the most affected sectors

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has prepared a quarterly report which let almost every second Australian citizen acknowledge the fact of facing personal data exposure at least once.

61% of the breaches are claimed to be deliberate whereas 34% are attributed to the human factor/error.

According to the results contact information gets compromised more often than other details, whereas human error is the most common reason for a breach in the health sector.

85% of all Panama citizens have got their data exposed due to the server security issues. Among the unprotected details there were personal records and patient information.

A phishing email undermined the privacy of patients’ health information in Oregon which included names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, diagnoses and treatment care details. The source of the exposure appeared to be an employee who opened the message earlier in May.

The hospital is going to inform all the potentially affected patients by an email. It is unknown yet whether the information was copied and misused.