Breaking News: Commissioner Orders Council To Tighten Up Its Data Protection Following Breaches

town hall 4The Information Commissioner has ordered the Council of the Isles of Scilly to implement new data protection policies and training following two data breaches last year.

The Commissioner took the unusual step of issuing details of the sanctions in a press release this afternoon.

In the first incident in June 2013, an attachment was sent out which included personal data related to a disciplinary hearing.

In the second, in September last year, two documents containing sensitive information about the former Head Teacher Bryce Wilby ended up in public circulation. The Commissioner said staff used personal email accounts, and paper copies of documents weren’t properly redacted.

The ICO Head of Enforcement, Stephen Eckersley, said: “Personal data must be handled securely and safely. The council has failed to do so and must now make immediate changes.

“The people of the Isles of Scilly need to be confident their council understands and complies with the law. Our undertaking will help ensure they do so.”

We’ll bring you full details, and the Council’s response tomorrow.



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