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Medical Details Of Thousands Of Sick And Disabled People ‘Being Sold To Fraudsters’

April 1, 2015

Details of thousands of peoples’ medical records are being sold to fraudsters, it has been reported.

Medical data for 3,000 sick or disabled people – including those who suffer with diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and arthritis – has been allegedly sold for 19p each, according to the Daily Mail.

The details are then said to be passed on to cold-callers and fraudsters.

The newspaper reported that the those with severe bladder problems as well as those who had hearing issues were particularly vulnerable to the alleged scheme.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said the allegations send a “shiver down the spine”, and promised to investigate.

The allegations come just a day after the paper claimed pensioners’ salaries, the value of their investments and the size of their pensions are being sold for as little as 5p without their knowledge.

Dr Sarah Wollaston, Tory chair of the health select committee, was quoted by the Mail as saying that those caught selling the data without consent should be jailed, describing the claims as a “new low”.

“The people who are selling this kind of data should face jail sentences if they are found to have acted illegally – we should see severe penalties,” she said.

Steve Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO, said: “People rightly consider information about their health to be sensitive, and in a recent survey we found that half of people consider it to be extremely sensitive.

“To think such information could be in the hands of unscrupulous businesses looking to profit from it sends a shiver down the spine.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. philipburdekin permalink
    April 1, 2015 11:24 am

    If its in the governments hands already then it is already in the hands of fraudsters,

  2. l8in permalink
    April 1, 2015 11:35 am

    Reblogged this on L8in.

  3. david pearce permalink
    April 1, 2015 4:11 pm

    Over the last week I have been getting emails with my full name and address from a known fraudulent company. People need to be careful because it is easier to believe a phishing attempt if the scum have your details. If people start becoming victims of this then I suppose it will have to come to a class action law suit

  4. jaypot2012 permalink
    April 2, 2015 1:40 pm

    I agree that these people selling the information should be jailed, so when are we going to arrest the “people” who formed the last government as you can bet your bottom dollar that they are involved.
    It’s a damned disgrace that people are going to be hounded by cold callers, and even visitors, about their health and their pension details.
    This could be an extremely dangerous situation and the police from all over the country should be on high alert.
    It’s absolutely sickening!

  5. jaypot2012 permalink
    April 2, 2015 1:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    Please beware and please let others know…

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