It’s all very good stuff. I have issued a SAR to our local authority for information and plan a FOI request if necessary concerning policies and procedures and the security of the information held on this and other databases.

 

Whilst the existence of these databases helps to keep me in work, I am nevertheless uneasy about yet another big data base especially as ContactPoints original name was “information sharing index”!

 

For some reason this has piqued my curiosity.

 

Simon Howarth.

 

From: This list is for those interested in Data Protection issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of chris pounder
Sent: 19 May 2009 11:55
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Subject: Re: [data-protection] Given the recent e-mail about contact point = read on

 

 

About Sensitive personal information relating to 80 children was lost from a council-run nursery.

 

 

Subject: Leicester City Council breaches the Data Protection Act

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Press Release

 

For immediate release                                         

 

19 May 2009

 

 

Leicester City Council breaches the Data Protection Act

 

Leicester City Council has signed a formal Undertaking outlining that it will endeavour to keep personal information secure in future. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found Leicester City Council in breach of the Data Protection Act after staff breached council procedures by downloading personal information on to an unencrypted memory stick. Sensitive personal information relating to 80 children was subsequently lost from a council-run nursery.

 

By signing the Undertaking Leicester City Council agrees to implement a number of security measures to protect personal information more effectively.  With immediate effect, the council will improve training programmes for all staff, including contractors and temporary staff. The council has also agreed that sufficient supervisory checks are carried out to help ensure that staff, including contract and temporary workers, adhere to relevant internal procedures and the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

 

Mick Gorrill, Assistant Information Commissioner at the ICO, said: “Leicester City Council has agreed to ensure that its policies on the transfer and sharing of personal information on portable devices are clear and compliant with the Data Protection Act.

We recognise that Leicester City Council acted responsibly by reporting the breach to the ICO and took remedial action. However, the council must consistently implement robust processes to protect people’s personal information at all times.

 

“The Data Protection Act clearly states that organisations must handle personal information securely. It is alarming that since November 2007 516 data security breaches have been reported to the ICO from organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors.”

 

Failure to meet the terms of the Undertaking is likely to lead to further regulatory action by the ICO. A copy of the Undertaking can be downloaded from http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/library/data_protection/notices/leicester_city_council_final_undertaking.pdf

 

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