After numerous warnings from the Information Commissioner’s Office, it was only a matter of time before fines would be issued for a breach or loss of data – a County Council and an employment agency are the first to feel the hit.
Hertfordshire County Council has been ordered to pay a fine of £100,000 for revealing details of a sex abuse case to a member of the public, and employment agency A4e has been fined £6,000 for losing a laptop which contained the unencrypted details of thousands of people.
Hertfordshire’s fine is for information revealed through fax messages, rather than more modern technology. On two occasions, the council sent faxes to the wrong recipients, revealing personal details of two sex abuse cases.
Meanwhile, a worker at Sheffield-based A4e had a laptop stolen from his home, where he had been working on records of 24,000 people who used legal advice centres in Hull and Leicester. The data was unencrypted, and the thief made an attempt to access it. A4e reported itself to the ICO, and notified people whose data might have been compromised.
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