Information Commissioner Says Council Must Do More

town hall windows signThe Information Commissioner’s Office says Scilly’s Council still has more work to do to fully comply with the Data Protection Act.

Last year, Chief Executive Theo Leijser had to sign an undertaking to improve the way the Council handles personal data and to retrain staff.

That was following an investigation into the Authority’s handling of confidential documents relating to the former school head teacher.

In a follow-up report issued on Monday, the Commissioner says the Council has bought a data protection training programme for its staff from Cornwall, but they say that needs to be adapted to fit Scilly’s specific needs.

And while new policies on security breaches and revealing personal information have been drafted, they haven’t been adopted yet by the Senior Leadership Team.

The Council has recruited a Policy and Scrutiny Officer to make sure they comply with the rules, but the Commissioner says it’s unclear exactly how that monitoring will take place.

The Council says it welcomes the ICO’s findings and will continue to work with them to ensure their data handling practices are strengthened.