European Data Protection Digest

ICO Investigating After Council Breach

DATA LOSS—UK

December 16, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is investigating Bolton Council after files containing children's details were stolen, reports This Is Lancashire. The documents were stolen when a staff member's car was broken into, though the files should not have left the office. The council alerted parents and the ICO of the incident. "We take our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act very seriously, having in place robust procedures to meet our obligations. In this situation, we made it our priority to speak to those people potentially affected by the breach the following workday," said a council spokesman.
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