European Data Protection Digest

ICO Investigating Police

DATA LOSS—UK

May 2, 2013

Welwyn Hatfield Times reports the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched an investigation after police sent personal details on more than 1,000 staff members to private security firm G4S “during a failed outsourcing bid.” Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police accidentally shared the information, subsequently notifying the ICO and those affected. In media reports on the breach last week, Cambridge MP Julian Huppert called the incident “a very worrying issue and serves to highlight, once again, the danger of storing personal and confidential data,” Huppert said.
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