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ICO Fines Health Trust £175,000

DATA LOSS—UK

August 7, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a health trust £175,000 for inadvertently publishing the sensitive personal information of approximately 1,000 staff members on its website in April 2011, The Independent reports. Torbay Care Trust released a spreadsheet that contained staff members’ sexual orientations and religious beliefs in addition to names, birth dates, salaries and National Insurance numbers. Describing the incident as “serious” and “extremely troubling,” the ICO’s investigation revealed that the organization has poor privacy guidance for staff. The ICO said the trust is “taking action to keep its employees' details secure."
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