The medical scans, such as X-rays and MRI scans, of 25,000 Dutch people are unsecured online, reports research editor Pointer Wednesday. The data includes, for example, first and last names and birth dates of patients.
Research by the American research collective ProPublica and the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk on Tuesday revealed that millions of medical scans were stored on dozens of unsecured servers worldwide. As a result, they could be viewed without a password.
The medical scans can also be found on servers in the Netherlands, according to Pointer . According to the research platform, this concerns three servers in the Netherlands and one in the Netherlands Antilles. It is unclear which Dutch hospitals have used these or other servers.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority informed Tuesday.nl that it could not deal with specific cases in the Netherlands. The authority does, however, point out the reporting obligation for serious data breaches: affected organizations are obliged to turn to the privacy regulator.