Meantime, a bear took a shit in the woods......
Hey, PHB's, why not ensure you employ the right people to ensure that this thing doesn't happen? You know, the security, infrastructure engineers, and people to ensure governance.
A leak of 10,000 records at a Leicestershire care home provider exposed elderly patients' wishes not to be resuscitated, detailed care plans and precisely how much councils paid for individual patients' care. Not only did Rotherwood Care Group, trading as Rotherwood Healthcare, leave an Amazon Web Services S3 bucket accessible …
Social care in this country had been crippled from a decade of austerity. If you know anyone who works in the industry you don't need me to tell you that.
Hire care staff to actually wipe arses or spend the money on someone technical, you can't afford both.
So the bastards trying to make money off this shit show cut corners? Maybe time to bring it back under public ownership so we can concentrate on care not profit? You can moan and bitch about the unions in the 70s but everyone was entitled to a home, an education and health care. What the fuck do you get these days?
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Exceedingly personal patient details left on open web... Threatening lawyer's letters... Stay classy Rotherwood Healthcare!
No doubt the ICO will fail to fine them the apropriate max GDPR fine and their laissez-faire attidute to potentially vulnerable people's data will continue. This is common in care sector IT (which I recently left).
"We are unaware of any abuse of data."
Well d'uh. Is that because you were also completely clueless that your data was out there and wide open?
Mind you, in the interests of "open and transparent government", maybe it's a good thing that the costs charged to the Council are widely published.
“We at Rotherwood Group take the protection of personal data very seriously. Once we became aware of a security issue affecting some data held on our cloud-based system, we took immediate steps to rectify it."
Rectifying after someody else finds your mistake is not taking protection seriously. Taking protection seriously is not making such a mistake in the first place.
"There is no excuse in this day and age for AWS buckets to be left unsecured. Amazon provides tools for detecting and closing off inappropriately opened buckets..."
The thing is, I used to think this was missing. Well, maybe it once was. And, I suppose it could be better.
Yet more and more, it seems that there are too many out there throwing together projects at a level that is of the Dunning-Kruger variety.
AWS could well require a check box for a disclaimer form that would require acknowledgement that reasonable security scanners, development principles, and testing must be employed. But, we live in a click-through World.
There is no excuse in this day and age for AWS buckets to be left unsecured. Amazon provides tools for detecting and closing off inappropriately opened buckets...
You still miss the point, El reg. There is no such thing as an AWS bucket being "left unsecured". It takes a fair amount of active work on behalf of a user to make an AWS bucket insecure, by default they are completely locked down.
I second this second comment! Last year at an AWS shindig they pointed out the steps they have taken to stop this sort of thing happening. They even showed us how many hoops you have to jump through to make an S3 public.
Depeending how old the config is, you have to wonder if someone fudged the S3 to make it public as they couldn't be bothered to do it properly...
You may be mixing up medics who are careless with patient data, with medics who turn whistleblower, are sacked, forced out of their career and then vigorously pursued through the courts, threatened with financial ruin, etc. (Search Chris Day whistleblower for just one example.)
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Just by the bye:
> elderly patients' wishes not to be resuscitated
UK people should be aware that while they may express a preference, the DNR decision and authority is solely the doctor's.
To be clear: you can tell your doctors and hospital you wish to be resuscitated --even put it in writing-- it doesn't matter. Whatever the doctor feels like jotting on your chart, that's it.
That's quite common - in our research sample about 2%.
The GDPR hasn't exactly failed, it's just not being used, but as it's effectively not policed nobody has noticed.
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