European Data Protection Digest

ICO Fines Council for Breaches Involving Kids

PRIVACY LAW—UK

June 7, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Telford and Wrenkin Council £90,000 for two data breaches that occurred within months of each other, Infosecurity reports. The first breach occurred in March 2011 when a staff member sent personal information on one child to the wrong family member. The second occurred when the placement name and address of two young foster children were accidentally shown to the children’s birth mother. The ICO says both breaches occurred due to problems with staff training and the council’s information system. The council has agreed to provide staff training, among other improvements.
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