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Council breaches Data Protection Act

A spreadsheet containing names, salaries and dates of birth of almost 900 employees, past and present, was accidentally published online and available to be viewed for 2 months, the Information Commissioner’s Office has revealed.

A Freedom of Information Request led to the disclosure of the information, and was removed after a complaint made by a trade union.

Ken Macdonald, Assistant Commissioner for Scotland at the ICO said:

“Being open about council pay is a fundamental way that citizens can hold local authorities to account, but that should never be at the expense of upholding individuals’ privacy rights. Procedures clearly went wrong in this case and I’m pleased that the council is reviewing its practices in light of the lessons that have been learned.”

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