European Data Protection Digest

ICO Fines Ministry of Justice After Prisoners’ Data Breached

DATA LOSS—UK

October 24, 2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the Ministry of Justice 140,000 GBPs, Computing reports. The fine follows a data breach affecting 1,182 prisoners after a spreadsheet containing their personal information was sent to three families of inmates. The same error was committed twice before, an investigation revealed, though those incidents went unreported. "Disclosing this information not only had the potential to put the prisoners at risk, but also risked the welfare of their families through the release of their home addresses," said the ICO’s David Smith.
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