recent work

Information Commissioner highlights weaknesses in local government

In his January newsletter Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, criticised local government’s attitude towards protecting personal data after serving four local councils with monetary penalties totaling over £300,000. The penalties mean that nineteen local councils have now received monetary penalties for breaching the Data Protection Act, totaling £1,885,000.

The Information Commissioner said:
“It would be far too easy to consider these breaches as simple human error. The reality is that they are caused by councils treating sensitive personal data in the same routine way they would deal with more general correspondence. Far too often in these cases, the councils do not appear to have acknowledged that the data they are handling is about real people, and often the more vulnerable members of society.”

The bottom line is that ineffective work processes and staff training and awareness are the root cause of these issues.

Tags: , ,