Data security in the healthcare sector is a growing issue, with an increasing number of breaches of the Data Protection Act being reported to the Information Commissioners Office. The ICO has the ability to serve a monetary penalty of up to £500,000 for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act, provided the incident has the potential to cause substantial damage or substantial distress to affected individuals. With the potential consequences and fines being so severe it’s important to be fully aware of the potential threats to visual data security and to ensure all devices are adequately protected.
The facts make sobering reading, the top causes of data breaches in the UK involve negligent employees, who account for 37 percent of cases and there have been more than 2 million serious NHS data breaches logged since 2011. With open plan offices, unsecure nursing or doctor’s stations and busy reception areas more common than ever, there is an increased threat of data loss. It’s easy for an unauthorised individual sitting next to or simply passing by a device to catch a quick glance at confidential on screen data. The use of mobile technology such as tablet devices in the healthcare sector is also on the increase and can make users more susceptible to the threat of a data breach when working with sensitive information on the move.
There are a growing number of healthcare authorities, private practices, hospitals and clinics recognising these threats and upgrading their visual security to protect their confidential on screen data and adhere to the Data Protection Act guidelines, which include ensuring appropriate technical and organisational measures are taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
The 3M range of privacy filters provide a fast and effective way to protect laptops, desktop monitors and mobile devices from data thieves. Featuring patented 3M technology, 3M Privacy filters block the view of the screen from either side, and in the case of 3M Gold Filters from above too, ensuring all confidential onscreen data is secure.