European Data Protection Digest

Breach Leads to Investigation, Potential Fine

DATA LOSS—UK

July 19, 2012

An inquiry following a data breach has found that Islington Council is “ineffective” at protecting personal data,” the Islington Tribune reports. The council reported itself to the information commissioner after details--including addresses and phone numbers--on individuals who had made complaints to the council about antisocial behaviour were sent to the wrong individuals. The details of those who complained were intended to be removed from the documents before they were sent. The council says it has since put safeguards in place. The information commissioner is investigating and could fine the council, which will now undertake an internal audit and a review of its procedures.
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