How will fire impact Cancer Research at the Christie?

There is widespread coverage of a large fire that has broken out at a research building attached to The Christie.  The fire started at around 10.35, being brought under control shortly before 1500hrs, although still not extinguished. The nature of this incident would test even the most developed and well-rehearsed business continuity plan, from both […]

Matt Hancock Announces New Push on Cyber Essentials

Speaking last week at the Institute of Directors; Minister for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, announced a new push on the Cyber Essentials programme to encourage all UK businesses to adopt the scheme.  Measure announced include: Updating the Cyber Essentials requirements, to make the scheme easier to use; A marketing campaign to raise awareness and drive […]

Information Commissioner's Office Hands Out More Fines

Two weeks ago the ICO announced that it had fined a senior barrister £1000 for failing to keep clients’ sensitive personal information secure.  The ICO explained that the barrister had kept sensitive information on 250 clients on a home computer without using any encryption.  Then, during an update of software on the computer, files were […]

Private Health Firm Fined £200,000 after IVF Patients’ Confidential Conversations Revealed Online

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced yesterday that it had fined a private health company, HCA International Ltd, £200 000 for failing to keep fertility patients’ personal information secure. Back in April 2015, a patient found that transcripts of interviews with Lister Hospital IVF patients could be freely accessed by searching online.  A subsequent ICO investigation […]

Ann Summers Product Recall

Whilst a very useful resource, the Electrical Safety First website is not normally that entertaining.  Typically there is a list of battery chargers that pose a fire risk and similar items, but today is different as a recall has just been announced of Anne Summers “Black Power Wands”.  Not only that but the reason for […]

Coop in Second Chocolate Recall in Six Weeks

The Coop began recalling 3000 chocolate Easter bunnies earlier this week, after a battery was found in one.  This in itself is not remarkable, we have blogged before about the rising number of food product recalls; but what makes this story remarkable is that only six weeks ago the Coop had to recall tens of […]

ICO Fines Royal Sun Alliance for Lost Hard Drive

It was announced last week that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) had fined the insurance company Royal Sun Alliance £150 000 for the loss of a hard drive containing names, addresses and bank account details of 60 000 customers.  The device was stolen from RSA’s offices in West Sussex but it is not known whether […]

London Ambulance Service hit by IT Problems on New Year's Eve

The severe disruption to London Ambulance Service’s IT systems on New Year’s Eve has been widely reported in the media, although little is known at this stage about the root cause.  Hopefully, in due course, any useful lessons identified will be shared throughout the NHS to minimise the chance of a recurrence.  In the mean […]