The ICO has released the following statement concerning the recent cyber attacks on the NHS:
“All organisations are required under the Data Protection Act to keep people’s personal data safe and secure.
“Following the news on Friday afternoon that many organisations had been the subject of a cyber attack, the ICO made contact with both NHS Digital and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
“Our enquiries will continue this week and we note that NHS England have said they have no evidence that patient data has been accessed.
“Any appropriate next steps for the ICO will decided once these initial enquiries are complete.
“The ICO has published a useful blog on our website about how to prevent ransomware attacks.”