European Data Protection Digest

Housing Bodies Breached Data Protection Act

DATA LOSS—UK

August 5, 2011

Two London housing bodies have agreed to better secure the personal data of tenants after the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) deemed that they breached the Data Protection Act, BBC News reports. A contractor for Lewisham Homes and Wandle Housing Association left an unencrypted memory stick containing the personal data of 26,000 tenants in a pub. ICO head of enforcement Sally-Anne Poole said, "Luckily, the device was handed in and there is no suggestion that the data was misused. But this incident could so easily have been avoided if the information had been properly protected."
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