European Data Protection Digest

In Five Years, PII of 10,000 Lost by Scottish Councils

DATA LOSS—UK

September 6, 2012

PublicSevice.co.uk reports that Scottish councils have lost the personal data of more than 10,000 individuals stemming from a number of incidents in the last five years. Lost data has included images of children, pension information and sensitive e-mails. One government official said, “The Data Protection Act clearly emphasises the importance of keeping personal information safe” and councils “aren’t doing nearly enough to protect individuals from data losses,” adding, “Given the highly sensitive nature of the information held by the councils, it is unacceptable that many could not even estimate how many people had been affected by their losses.”
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