The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined the nursing home £15,000 as a result of the incident, saying it had found ‘systematic failings’ in its data protection measures.
“It is clear serious lessons must be learnt as a result of this episode,” said Mr Dickson.
“All businesses and employers can use examples in this incident to see what not to do as regards sensitive personal data but that is especially the case for those in the health sector, who are often relied upon with the strictest of confidential information.
“The fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office demonstrates the seriousness of this matter. My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those affected, who must be incredibly distressed by this incident.”