[MyData & Open Data] London HIV clinic accidentally reveals hundreds of patients' identities

Zara Rahman zara at theengineroom.org
Wed Sep 2 14:12:20 UTC 2015

..and to add to that, the recipients of the newsletter never actually
*signed up* to receive the newsletter, they just seem to have been added
without an opt-in.

They also seem to have no mitigation plan:

" BuzzFeed News contacted the Chelsea and Westminster hospital to ask
what they planned to do to ensure such a mistake could not be repeated.
“Erm…that’s a good question actually,” said Mark Purcell, a spokesperson
for the hospital. “I think they [56 Dean Street] are obviously looking
very much into this.”

There are more details on the mistakes they've made/are making in this
Buzzfeed piece -


On 02/09/2015 11:03, Marieke Guy wrote:
> In the news today...
> One of Britain’s leading sexual health clinics has apologised after
> mistakenly revealing the identities of hundreds of HIV-positive patients.
> The 56 Dean Street clinic in London sent a newsletter on Tuesday that
> disclosed the names and email addresses of about 780 recipients. The
> newsletter is intended for people using its HIV and other sexual
> health services, and gives details of treatments and support.
> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/02/london-clinic-accidentally-reveals-hiv-status-of-780-patients
> Marieke
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