Thursday, 13 August 2015

Scottish Councils breach data protection rules

"The theft of a laptop containing the details of 200 children is among 250 breaches of data protection rules committed by Scots councils."

"The computer, which was stolen from Aberdeenshire Council, was later recovered by police and no disciplinary action was taken."

"Glasgow City Council recorded the most breaches of any Scottish local authority between April 2011 and April 2014, according to a new report from privacy campaigners Big Brother Watch."

"The local authority was responsible for 128 incidents, followed by West Lothian (88), North Lanarkshire (28), Aberdeen and Stirling, both with 13."

"The City of Edinburgh Council and South Lanarkshire Council both refused the Freedom of Information Request from Big Brother Watch."

"More than 75% of breaches connected with loss or theft in the UK happened at Glasgow City Council, which was also the sixth worst local authority in Britain overall. In 2013, it was fined £150,000 for the loss of two unencrypted laptops, one which contained the personal details of more than 20,000 people..."

"The number of breaches has increased by 300% since Big Brother Watch’s previous report on UK councils between 2008 and 2011."

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