Tuesday, 1 October 2013

More data found in a skip

Children`s personal information was dumped in a skip in Dunfermline after a nursery was closed down. The following article reveals that keeping sensitive data about children safe is still not given a high enough priority in certain parts of Scotland.  See also the post GIRFEC and Data Collection.

The Scottish Government has recently provided this note to all CPP managers HERE
"Information sharing between services is vital to ensure that our children’s life chances are maximised and that Scotland is the best place to grow up in. "
"Whilst the ICO in its capacity as a regulator does issue substantial penalties for breaches of the Data Protection Principles, Ken Macdonald emphasises that these penalties are aimed at systemic failures and not practitioners making good faith decisions to share information in the best interests of children."
"Please circulate the attached advice around chief officers, within your Community Planning Partnerships."

Surely Community Planning Partnerships include nurseries and this breach is an example of a massive systemic failure !

Embarrassing isn`t it ?

From Daily Record

Children's confidential paperwork found in skip outside closed down Scots nursery
DETAILS such as children's names, dates of birth and learning plans were dumped alongside staff member's P45s at the Three Bears nursery in Dunfermline.

Children's confidential details and toys were found in the skip
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PHOTOS and personal details of young children have been found dumped in a skip outside their old nursery.
The stash includes names, dates of birth and learning plans detailing the under-fives’ development.
Other confidential paperwork in the skip included staff members’ P45s and parental consent forms complete with signatures.
The documents were found by dad Iain Morrison outside the former Three Bears nursery in Dunfermline.
Iain, 42, said: “The building is on a main street in the middle of the town and the skip was right outside.
“There was a personal development plan for a child born in 2009 which included a name, date of birth, photo and details on development.

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