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IS: Patient data found in Helsinki street

The data covered patients in the 1980s up to the early 1990s, and covered contraception in one way or another.

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Patient data was found on the street in Helsinki. Image: Jussi Helttunen / Lehtikuva

Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports that a trove of patient data including names and personal ID numbers has been found in the Pasila district of Helsinki. The data is from patient records from a contraception clinic from the 1980s and 1990s.

An IS reader spotted the papers and found six documents on Asemapäällikönkatu, before the paper's journalists found a further 25 patients' records at the same spot.

The papers include notes from the clinic's initial meetings with patients, women's health records including dates of their last pregnancy and timing of their menstrual cycle, as well as their previously used methods of contraception and their height and weight. The municipality of Helsinki told the tabloid that the leak may have happened when the papers were sent to be destroyed.

Police told IS that the case could involve a number of criminal offences.

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