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ICO Fines Council £140,000

DATA LOSS—UK

January 30, 2012

In response to five separate data breaches involving children's social service reports, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined Midlothian council £140,000, The Guardian reports. In each case, the highly sensitive data of children and their caretakers was sent to the incorrect recipients. The ICO found that all five incidents, which occurred between January and June 2011, could have been prevented if the council had stronger data protection policies as well as employee training in place, the report states. The council has recovered the records, saying it "immediately took steps to retrieve the information, or have it destroyed, and voluntarily reported ourselves to the information commissioner."
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