European Data Protection Digest

ICO Investigates Breaches, Offers a Solution

DATA LOSS—UK

October 21, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that the accidental disclosure of a spreadsheet containing the names, salaries and birthdates of approximately 900 current and former employees of Dumfries and Galloway Council breached the Data Privacy Act. A Dorset private housing group has signed a formal undertaking with the ICO for not having the required level of data protection security in place. And the ICO will investigate an incident involving an accidental e-mail disclosure at Edge Hill University. According to PRESSTV, the commissioner's office has also announced that it will investigate potential breaches reportedly committed by Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin. Meanwhile, speaking at a healthcare expo, an ICO representative said that he is concerned with the number of health sector data breaches, adding that IT providers could help educate and offer solutions to users to reduce the risk of data loss.     Full Story