European Data Protection Digest

Police Staff Fired, Resign After Breaches; ICO Fines Gov’t Department

DATA LOSS—UK

February 13, 2014

BBC News reports 113 law enforcement employees were fired and 186 resigned their posts in connection with privacy breaches. “Police forces from across England and Wales recorded a total of 2,031 cases of data protection breaches between January 2009 and October 2013,” the report states, noting those reporting the most incidents were Avon and Somerset with 289 and Merseyside with 202. In a separate incident, the ICO has fined the Department of Justice Northern Ireland $185,000 GBP after “a serious breach of data protection laws,” Out-Law.com reports. A department agency “failed to check a locked filing cabinet before the piece of furniture was sold at auction at a time when the agency was moving offices.”
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