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Councils Fined £150,000 After Laptop Theft

PRIVACY LAW—UK

February 8, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined two councils a combined total of £150,000 after two laptops were stolen, ComputerWeekly reports. Ealing Council used the laptops to provide a service for itself and Hounslow Council. The laptops contained data on more than 1,700 individuals and were not encrypted. Ealing Council has been fined £80,000 for the breach, and Hounslow Council has been fined £70,000 for failing to have a written contract in place with Ealing and not monitoring its operational procedures. Deputy Commissioner David Smith said the Hounslow Council fine makes clear that organizations can't outsource services "unless they ensure that the information is properly protected."
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