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Daily Dashboard | ICO fines ex-trainee secretary for illicit medical record access Related reading: Spain’s constitutional right to data protection and application of the GDPR

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The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has fined a former trainee secretary at Fakenham Medical Practice after she admitted to the illicit access of 231 medical records. Hannah Pepper admitted to the violations of the Data Protection Act 1998 after it was discovered she had no valid reason to look at the records. Pepper has been ordered to pay a fine of 350 GBP, as well as costs totaling 643.75 GBP. “Data protection law exists for a reason and curiosity or boredom is no excuse for failing to respect people’s legal right to privacy. Just because you can do something, that doesn’t mean you should,” ICO Criminal Investigation Group Manager Mike Shaw said.
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