European Data Protection Digest

Council Fined After Accidental Disclosure

DATA LOSS—UK

August 29, 2013

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found London’s Islington Council “guilty of a serious breach of the Data Protection Act after the names, gender, ethnicity and other personal details, including some medical information, belonging to 2,375 individuals were accidentally disclosed,” Out-Law.com reports. The council has been fined 70,000 GBP after the data was included in the response to a freedom of information request. “The ICO said that three spreadsheets disclosed to the WDTK site by Islington Council contained personal, and in places sensitive, data that was ‘hidden’ in so-called ‘pivot tables’ within the spreadsheets” but could be viewed by anyone with “basic knowledge of Excel,” the report states.
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