Monday, 9 May 2016

Repeated failings led to a child`s records being stolen

"A council could face court action unless it fully implements staff training on data protection."

"The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has now issued an enforcement notice to West Dunbartonshire Council over repeated failings that eventually led to a child's medical reports being stolen."

"After an audit of the council in January 2013, management were told to implement training on data protection and guidance on home working for staff."

"ICO said a follow-up in November 2013 found progress but showed some of the recommendations had not been implemented..."

"Ken Macdonald, assistant information commissioner for Scotland, said: `Time and time again we have told this council to make these changes and yet they have still not completed everything we set out. We've been left with no choice but to issue this formal notice requiring them to act`."

"`Let's be clear, what we're asking for here is a basic requirement for an organisation that is trusted with large amounts of local people's personal data.`"

"`When people in Dunbartonshire provide the council with their details, they expect staff are trained to handle this information properly`."

"`Unfortunately, more than three years after this was made clear to the council, this still hasn't happened`."

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