European Data Protection Digest

Council Fined 60K for Loss of Kids’ Data

DATA LOSS—UK

November 29, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the Plymouth City Council 60,000 GBP for a 2011 breach in which it sent the details of a child neglect case to the wrong recipient, reports Information Age. The incident occurred when an employee picked up someone else’s printout and included it with their own. "It would be too easy to consider this a simple human error," said Steven Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO, adding, “not enough care was being taken within the organisation when handling vulnerable people's sensitive information. The distress this incident will have caused the people involved is obvious, and the penalty we have issued today reflects that."
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