European Data Protection Digest

Councils Leak Personal Information

DATA LOSS—UK

May 20, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has reprimanded a local council for a data breach, V3.co.uk reports. The Somerset County Council sent personal details about a local teenager via a social services assessment to the wrong family. Additionally, after realizing the mistake, the council told the unintended recipients to throw away the information. Sally-Anne Poole of the ICO said that "even though the information was returned to the council, the damage had already been done and will have caused considerable embarrassment to those affected." Meanwhile, Wychavon District Council may have breached data protection law for posting personal details on its website, and Milton Keynes Council has reported a similar breach.
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