UK Liberty

Doctors demand NHS security probe

Posted in database state by ukliberty on May 8, 2007

The Guardian (Via the Press Association):

Some 130 medical staff have signed a letter calling for a police probe into internet security breaches concerning junior doctors’ personal details.

Channel 4 News obtained a copy of the letter, addressed to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, calling for a criminal investigation into Medical Training Application System (MTAS) security breaches.

Doctors fear that a leaking of personal details could not only put them at risk, but could potentially allow others – in the “worst case scenario” paedophiles – to impersonate them.

Two separate lapses recently saw Channel 4 News claim applicants’ personal information could be freely accessed.

The Department of Health has said it was investigating claims that doctors were able to read each others messages on the site, after it emerged that highly confidential information about applicants was available for anyone to read.

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