ICO Granted New Powers to Audit NHS Organisations for Data Protection

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has welcomed a change in legislation enabling it to force National Health Service bodies to be audited for compliance with the Data Protection Act.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has welcomed a change in legislation enabling it to force National Health Service bodies to be audited for compliance with the Data Protection Act.

Previously, only central government departments were subject to compulsory audits by the ICO, but now the data protection watchdog will be able to subject any body within the National Health Service to auditing.

The ICO will be able to assess data protection by a number of bodies within the NHS. This will include NHS foundation trusts, GP surgeries, NHS Trusts and Community Healthcare Councils. However, the legislation doesn’t apply to any private organisations providing services to the NHS.
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