European Data Protection Digest

Council Apologises After Publishing PI

DATA LOSS—UK

December 23, 2011

East Herts District Council has informed the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and apologised after publishing "sensitive personal details of members of the public" on its website as part of temporary event notices, Herts and Essex Observer reports. The information was collected on the event applications and included insurance numbers, addresses, contact details and dates of birth, the report states. Nick Pickles of privacy advocate Big Brother Watch spoke out against such practices, saying, "The more personal information is collected by authorities, the greater the risk to personal privacy." An ICO spokeswoman has said the office is now making enquiries.
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