European Data Protection Digest

Council Fined 100,000 GBP

DATA LOSS—UK

September 5, 2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Aberdeen City Council 100,000 GBP in the wake of “a bizarre incident that led to a number of children's personal data being uploaded to the Internet,” InformationAge reports. The case involved an employee taking files to work on from home, where the second-hand home computer “contained a file transfer programme that automatically uploaded the contents” to the web. The ICO cited the sensitivity of the data, inadequate data protection training and the lack of “necessary technical measures required to safeguard personal data from employee's home” as reasons for the fine.
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