Many dental practices fail to comply with the Statutory Regulations governing their websites and the use of electronic communications (e-mail). The responsible authorities required to enforce the Regulations are the GDC, CQC and ICO.
Cyber crime is an ever-increasing threat to those who use the Internet. The Lord Leveson Inquiry into the affairs of News International has emphasised how easily confidential personal information can be obtained by hacking into electronic/wireless networks. The regulated professions are obliged by law to ensure that they protect sensitive personal data belonging to their clients or patients. They must Notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under the Data Protection Act 1998 and much useful advice on the safe handling of personal data can be accessed on the ICO website.
Valident has been designed to give dentists and other professionals registered with the GDC the peace of mind they need when communicating with their patients or dental professionals online. The safest way to do this is via protected electronic pathways with the encryption of transmitted data.
The use of e-mail services and the harvesting of personal data through practice websites without special security measures being in place is likely to lead to enforcement proceedings being taken by GDC/CQC/ICO.