A council in London was warned to toughen up the way it protects its personal information, a social worker left court documents on the roof of her car and drove off.
The London Borough of Ealing has signed up to a series of measures
Put together with the Information Commissioner’s Office to improve its data protection practices after the incident occurred.
Personal data, some of it sensitive, relating to 27 individuals including 14 minors was lost when the social worker left them on top of their car in February this year. The documents have never been recovered.
ICO action on personal information
The ICO can take action to change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information. This includes criminal prosecution, non-criminal enforcement and audit. The ICO has the power to impose a monetary penalty on a data controller of up to £500,000.
Individual Responsibility, Data Protection Act
- Anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles of the Data Protection Act, which make sure that personal information is:fairly and lawfully processed;
- processed for limited purposes;
- adequate, relevant and not excessive;
- accurate and up to date;
- not kept for longer than is necessary;
- processed in line with your rights;
- secure; and not transferred to other countries without adequate protection.
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