European Data Protection Digest

Councils Investigate Breach, Implement Policy

DATA LOSS—UK

June 21, 2012

The Peterborough City Council is investigating two breaches at its children’s services department involving the personal information and case details of a family receiving services from the organisation, reports the Peterborough Telegraph. An employee of the organisation e-mailed the details of a case to the wrong family and then, when sending an apology e-mail, included the 57 councillors, inadvertently sending the information to them as well. Meanwhile, BBC News reports that the Dumfries and Galloway Council--just one day after implementing a new data protection policy--has announced that an employee dropped a file containing confidential information in a car park. The file was recovered within 20 minutes. Deputy Council Leader Brian Collins said incidents like this are what prompted the policy change, noting, "Whilst such plans minimise the risk of a data breach, we can never eliminate human error entirely."
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