European Data Protection Digest

Council, Housing Association Expose Personal Information

DATA LOSS—UK

May 10, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office plans to investigate Kingston Council for a data breach that occurred when more than 100 rent statements were sent to the wrong addresses, reports This Is Local London. The statements included housing benefits entitlements, the name of each tenant’s bank and rent account number. The council has apologised and plans to review its mailing system. Meanwhile, Hornsey Housing Trust revealed in a freedom of information request a complainant’s personal information to the neighbor about whom he filed the complaint.
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