18 Jul Moms’ Private Data Posted on Facebook by UK Health Service Researcher
Last Friday, a medical researcher in the UK was reported to post sensitive patient information on his Facebook account.
Luigi Carbone, a National Health Service Researcher, was working on a study that aims to better detect pre-eclampsia in pregnant women when he shared a photo on July 2.
The photo showed complete names of 31 mothers whose babies were born at the hospital in June. Other visible information included their NHS numbers and sensitive details of their newborn’s delivery.
Carbone’s Facebook is not set in private, which meant anyone online could have seen the post. It was up for a week until a social media staff from North Middlesex University Hospital found the photo.
To date, the hospital sent their apologies to the affected patients. It has also announced suspension of participation in the study and removed Carbon from the research team.