19 local councils have been fined a total of almost GBP1.9m for violating the Data Protection Act, causing the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to criticise their slack attitude towards the protection of personal data.
Information Commissioner Chris Graham said: “There is an underlying problem with data protection in local government. 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. We will be meeting with stakeholders from across the sector to discuss how we can support them in addressing these problems.”