A confidentiality breach is when you share a person's information without their consent. This can be by failing to respect the privacy or confidence they gave it, for example telling someone else about something that only one other person knows because of trust. In this blog post, we are going to discuss what is a breach of confidentiality in the workplace what are my rights.
Take a look at the steps to take in order to protect confidential information.
Breaches happen, but if you find out that one has taken place it's best, to be honest. If the breach relates to a business client, let their internal data compliance officer know about what happened as soon as possible and follow up with your own legal counsel on how this will affect them or any other parties involved in relation to the breach. Do not forget to contact your professional indemnity insurance provider for advice related specifically pertaining to breaches of privacy law such as GDPR which is expected later this year!
What law is a breach of confidentiality?
Breach of Confidentiality in the Legal Profession
It is considered a violation of confidentiality when lawyers reveal the information they receive during professional conversations. Federal law prohibits it and clients must divulge accurate, confidential information to their lawyer for legal advice.
Is breaching confidentiality illegal?
Confidentiality, although a clear right of patients, is not absolute. This can be seen as it relates to the obligation that doctors have under statute law even if they must breach confidentiality for reasons relating to risk of serious harm posed by others- this was established in W vs Egdell 1989
What is the most common breach of confidentiality?
The most common patient confidentiality breaches fall into two categories: employee mistakes, such as accidentally printing a phone number or email address on the fax machine at work; and unsecured access to PHI (Protected Health Information) in an unlocked cabinet or server room.
What happens if confidentiality is broken?
An employee who breaches a confidentiality agreement is in serious danger of being terminated and sued by the company they work for. Depending on how severe the breach, this can lead to civil litigation from third parties involved with what was disclosed or shown through that disclosure.