European Data Protection Digest

Records Found Unattended, Council Data Breached

DATA LOSS—IRELAND & UK

November 4, 2011

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered a council to make improvements to its data protection practices by March 2012 after it lost a memory stick containing details on more than 18,000 individuals, Public Service reports. The ICO has also determined that another UK council has taken appropriate steps after a data breach that resulted in personal information on foster parents being shared with the child they fostered. In Ireland, meanwhile, the Data Protection Agency (DPA) is investigating after a box of confidential information on private security staff and the Security Institute of Ireland was discovered unattended. Cork County Council officials removed the files and contacted the agency involved. The information included passport data, home addresses and telephone numbers. A DPA spokesperson said that the agency will work with the council and "investigate from there."
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