Chairman Issues Statement Over Council Data Leaks

Council Chairman Amanda Martin

Council Chairman Amanda Martin

On Tuesday, Radio Scilly formally requested an interview with the Council Chairman Amanda Martin following the Information Commissioner’s ruling that Council had illegally released confidential and personal material.

That breach of the Data Protection Act took place under Cllr Martin’s leadership of the Council last year.

The commissioner stated: “The people of Scilly need to be confident their council understands and complies with the law.”

After our interview request, the Council told us yesterday that the earliest opportunity for an interview with Councillor Mrs Martin would be September 26th.

We have declined that offer because we feel that the issues raised by the government regulator warrant more immediate discussion.

After we turned down the interview, Mrs Martin issued the following press statement: “As stated in its public statement, the Council of the Isles of Scilly took the responsible step of reporting itself to the ICO for breaches of data protection because it treats all matters of data protection with the utmost seriousness.

“The ICO has confirmed that the Council of the Isles of Scilly has agreed to implement mandatory data protection training, with refresher training to be updated regularly. Guidance on the safe transfer of personal data by email and a redaction policy are being reviewed. I can assure the public that every possible step will be taken to ensure there is no similar occurrence in the future.”