European Data Protection Digest

Passport Data Lost, ICO Says IPS Broke Laws

DATA LOSS—UK

February 25, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) broke data protection laws when it lost 21 passport renewal applications last May. The applications contained the personal information of both the applicants and the applicants' cosigners. The IPS's chief executive signed formal undertakings stating that the department will put in place data security measures and train staff on how to follow them. Mick Gorrill of the ICO said that while the office has concerns about lost data relating to identification documents, there is "no evidence to suggest that the applications have fallen into the wrong hands, and we are pleased that the Identity and Passport Service is taking steps to stop this happening again."
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