Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

How many instances of patient personal data breaches were recorded by your department in 2019?

Such personal data breaches might constitute examples where a patient's records were accessed without authorisation and/or due reason; where patients records were used by 3rd party contractors without the consent of the patient; where patient records was used without the patient's knowledge in a situation that would breach personal data protection laws.

Could you please list all instances that you know of where such events took place, listing the date, the nature of the breach, the Trust or company that was involved in the breach and any other relevant information that would fall within the cost capacities of this FOI, such as if there was a fine or prosecution.

If this FOI needs to be more focused, can you please suggest ways in which it can be, as I do not know the internal system by which NHS data breaches are centrally recorded.

Yours faithfully,

Iain Overton

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Overton,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1201453) 

Yours sincerely,

 Edward Franklyn 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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