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Children's Administration Breaches Act Twice

DATA LOSS—UK

September 2, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) in breach of the Data Protection Act in two incidents, ComputerWeekly reports. In the first instance, nine files containing personal information including names, dates of birth and social reports were sold to a secondhand furniture shop. Later, legal papers containing sensitive information about a child's court case were sent to the wrong e-mail address, the report states. The ICO says the SCRA failed to ensure that staff followed proper data protection and security rules. The SCRA says it has made improvements, and the ICO is urging "other organizations, particularly those handling sensitive information relating to young people, to follow suit." 
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