European Data Protection Digest

Councils Fined Over Breaches

DATA LOSS—UK

June 13, 2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued fines totaling 125,000 GBPs following two breach investigations. The ICO issued a 70,000 GBP fine against Halton Borough Council after it accidentally revealed a child’s adoptive parents’ address to the birth mother. The ICO’s Steve Eckersley said “this incident happened because the organisation did not pay enough attention to how it handles vulnerable people’s sensitive information, leading to a mistake that was entirely avoidable had the right guidance and training been in place.” Meanwhile, Public Service reports on a second incident where North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was fined 55,000 GBP after it mistakenly sent three patients’ medical information to the wrong fax number.
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