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ICO Fines Police £70,000 for Breach

DATA LOSS—UK

March 14, 2012

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined the Lancashire Constabulary £70,000 after a report containing sensitive information about a missing 15-year-old girl and details on 14 other people was found on a public street, computing.co.uk reports. This marks the first such fine for a police force in England and Wales, the report states. The information had been found by a member of the public and given to a newspaper. "The fact that information as sensitive as this could go missing without anybody realizing is extremely worrying and shows that Lancashire Constabulary failed to have the necessary governance, policies and suitable training in place to keep the personal information they handle secure," an ICO spokesman said.
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