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Medical data: the CNIL puts several health establishments on notice

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr17,2024

 Medical data: the CNIL puts several health establishments on notice

DR/France-Soir The cyberattack targeting Viamedis and Almerys as well as this formal notice from the CNIL demonstrate that the data of the French, as sensitive as they may be, are not safe.

WORLD –Are the digital data of French people sufficiently protected? Shortly after the large-scale cyberattack which targeted the two third-party payment operators, Viamedis and Almerys, at the end of January, the National Commission for Information Technology and Liberties (CNIL) announced that it had put health establishments on notice for their insufficient protection. and “inadequate” computerized patient records (DPI). The authority, which highlights the volume and, above all, the sensitivity of this data, recalled the security and confidentiality measures that health establishments must adhere to. This formal notice comes in a context marked by rampant digitization of sensitive documents and its corollary, an increase in cyberattacks. 

At the end of January, the data of more than 33 million French people was leaked. Two successive cyberattacks targeted service providers Viamedis and Almerys, specialized in third-party payment management for many complementary health and mutual insurance companies. Compromised personal data is not the most sensitive, of course, but the loot from hackers is unprecedented. The victims concerned, almost half of the French population, saw their social security number or personal data such as their marital status hacked.

The health sector, easy prey ? 

The information was revealed a week later by the CNIL, which stressed that at this stage of the investigation, banking or medical information does not appear to be affected by these two cyberattacks, which began with account phishing. of a health professional. However, the data recovered by hackers can lead to identity theft or phishing attempts. The Paris prosecutor's office immediately announced the opening of an investigation.  

Health professionals were directly affected and one of them, Hugues Verdier-Davioud, president of the National Federation of Opticians of France (FNOF), claimed to have on numerous occasions alerted the CNIL to the failures linked to the security of personal and medical data. He also mentioned the collection, by complementary health insurance, of information that is not essential to their operation.  

Coincidence? The commission confirmed this observation in a press release released on February 9, 2024. The CNIL puts several health establishments on notice. She wants them to take “measures to ensure the security of the computerized patient file”. Reacting to alerts about illegitimate access to patient data contained in DPI, the authority explains that it has carried out, between 2020 and 2024, 13 checks on health establishments, not identified in the press release. /p>

THE CNIL points to a worrying complacency which these establishments must put an end to and lists the measures to be taken before the end of this year. 

The digital driving license before the dematerialized euro? 

It is, essentially, the establishment of three types of protection, such as robust authentication with complex passwords, specific authorizations for each healthcare professional and tracking of access to computerized patient files. 

The cyberattack targeting Viamedis and Almerys as well as this formal notice from the CNIL demonstrate that French people's data, however sensitive, are not safe. And to think that the Ministry of the Interior has just announced the generalization, since February 14, of the digital driving license; generated by the official France Identity application!

According to the Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) survey by one of the world's largest computer manufacturers, Dell, more than 54% of companies around the world have been the target of attacks. In France, around thirty local authorities, as well as nine hospitals, have been victims of cyberattacks.

The vital card should in turn be digitized in 2025, while waiting… for currency? The project for a digital euro, led by the European Central Bank (ECB), is being finalized and central bank digital currencies (CNBC) are causing concern, both among citizens and among financial professionals .   


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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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