Enforcement of Dutch DPA leads to extra security of medical data

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11 September, 2014

GPs and pharmacists have taken measurements to protect internet connections used to send prescriptions. They have done so after action by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP), notifies the CBP in a press release.

After a sample of 150 websites in July 2013, the CBP found that nearly a third of the websites used an unsecured connection through which the prescriptions were sent. Third parties could easily read, remove or modify this sensitive medical data. Last spring, the privacy regulator did a follow-up research of the websites of GPs and pharmacies. At this moment, all the surveyed GPs and pharmacies have taken measurements to end this breach of the Data Protection Act.

This study shows that the CBP currently puts extra effort in monitoring the use of medical data.  Are you considering using medical data? Do you work on innovation in the field of e-health? Be informed about the rules and risks regarding the use of personal data and assess the privacy impact of your project.

Jonathan Toornstra

Legal Consultant

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