Ir­ish beauty chain probes ‘pos­si­ble pa­tient data breach’

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Business | News - John Reynolds

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

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