Irish beauty chain probes ‘possible patient data breach’
THÉRAPIE Clinic, a chain of beauty treatment outlets, is investigating a possible data breach involving patient records.
It is believed that patient information that may have included medical records had been accessed or taken without permission by a former employee.
Last week, a number of the clinics’ patients received calls about the matter.
In a statement, chief executive Philip McGlade said: “We are investigating a possible data breach and we have notified the Data Protection Commissioner as appropriate. Our inquiries are continuing.”
A spokesman for the Data Protection Commissioner said: “I can confirm that we have received a breach notification from Thérapie Clinic and we are currently engaged with them to gather the facts.”
Thérapie claims to be the largest aesthetic clinic in the UK and Ireland, with more than 30 outlets here, and in India and Britain.
The chain offers services such as Botox, skin and body treatments, and laser hair removal.
Earlier this year, the firm, which was established in 2001 and is run by McGlade and his sister Katie, announced plans to open 100 new clinics in the UK, investing £50m (€58m) in the business there.
Philip McGlade, chief executive of the chain