Lack of DPA training costs local councils £140,000

The Information Commissioner has issued two local councils with fines after they sent highly sensitive personal information to the wrong recipients.

Worcestershire County Council was fined £80,000 after an incident in March and North Somerset Council £60,000 after a series of incidents in November and December of last year. In both cases the councils had appropriate policies and procedures in place, however they had both failed to ensure that staff had received relevant staff training.

Christopher Graham, the information commissioner commented:

“It is of great concern that this sort of information was simply sent to the wrong recipients by staff at two separate councils…. There is too much of this sort of thing going on across local government. People who handle highly sensitive personal information need to understand the real weight of responsibility that comes with keeping it secure.”

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