HSE Data Breach – Latest News2021-06-17T21:43:03+01:00

HSE Data Breach – September Update (is the truth starting to come out?)

On the 15th May 2021 the Data Protection Officer (DPO) for the HSE made a data breach notification to the Data Protection Commission. In that notification he said that a day earlier the HSE suffered a data security breach of its IT systems. After some difficulty we have obtained the official data breach notification pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. In the notification to the Data Protection Commission the stark facts were set out bluntly; approximately 4.9 million people had been affected by the breach, and the data disclosed to certain nefarious actors included Data Subject Identity data (name, surname, date of birth) PPSN details Contact details [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Categories: Firm News, HSE Data Breach, Legal Updates, Uncategorized|

HSE Cyber Attack – July Update

It remains something of a surprise to us that there has been so little media coverage of late of the HSE Cyber Attack. Almost two months has now passed since the hacking incident and it appears that health services are still greatly affected and the Health Service Executive remains remarkably reticent to say what happened. They are even slower to say what is being done to remediate matters. We have spoken to a great many people about their experiences since the Cyber attack, and the following seems to be current position: Health Services From a health care point of view it seems that certain services, such as blood [...]

By |July 8th, 2021|Categories: HSE Data Breach, Legal Updates|

HSE Cyber Attack – Update

On the 25th May 2021 we wrote a letter to Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Health. It was a follow up letter to the open letter we sent on the 21st May 2021. To date we have not received any response from Minister Donnelly, the HSE or any member of the Government. Given that the HSE and Minister for Health have abdicated any responsibility for the Data Breach and its horrifying ongoing sequelae, we think it incumbent on us as Solicitors and Data Protection professionals to take a stand. To complement the legal guide we published on the 24th May 2021, we now have a created a mini [...]

By |June 17th, 2021|Categories: HSE Data Breach|

HSE Cyber Attack – A guide to the Law

Following from our blog post this day last week two things became immediately obvious; firstly people were very interested in the issue, and secondly, no one really understood the Law surrounding the GDPR, and the potential exposure the HSE has created for the Irish State. We have now written as well researched and cited a guide on the law as we possibly can given the time frame allowed. We will convert this into a HTML page in due course, but for now it may be downloaded here. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, and as before if you would like [...]

By |May 24th, 2021|Categories: HSE Data Breach|

HSE Cyber Attack – Open Letter to Minister Donnelly

Mondays blog post generated quite a response. Although we were not named by Minister Donnelly, we must assume we (and no doubt other colleagues) were being referred to on the 20th May in his Newstalk interview (HSE cyber attack: 'Distasteful' legal firms 'licking their lips' at thoughts of suing State | Newstalk) We were afforded the right of reply, which we did this morning (Solicitor 'astounded' at Donnelly claim lawyers licking lips over HSE cyber attack | Newstalk). We have now taken it upon ourselves to send an open letter to Mr. Donnelly, calling on him to inform individual data subjects, what, if any, data of theirs has [...]

By |May 21st, 2021|Categories: HSE Data Breach|

HSE Cyber Attack

As experts in Data Protection we have got numerous phone calls in the past few days in relation to the HSE Cyber Attack. Many people are genuinely worried what the implication of this attack are for them. For now, it is too early to say with any degree of certainty, but as time passes the true cost and implications of this attack will become clear. It appears at this stage that hackers have got access to certain health data relating to individuals. How they got his would be speculation at this stage, however the very fact the HSE system was compromised to the degree it has been points [...]

By |May 17th, 2021|Categories: HSE Data Breach|
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