Both Councils Fined
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) today served Earling Council and Hounslow Council with monetary penalties for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act after the loss of two unencrypted laptops containing sensitive personal information.
Ealing Council – FINED £80,000
Hounslow Council – FINED £70,000
“Of the four monetary penalties that we have served so far, three concern the loss of unencrypted laptops. Where personal information is involved, password protection for portable devices is simply not enough.”
“This is the first time two Councils have been fined as part of one case. Both fines reflect the importance of adhering to the Data Protection Act. The fines clearly demonstrate the seriousness of being lackadaisical about your clients data and what consequences there are for when things go wrong. It costs roughly £100 to encrypt a laptop, and not much more to put in proper procedures. Compare that with the £80,000 fine that one Council has received today.”
The monetary penalty served on Ealing Council can be found here (PDF).
The monetary penalty served on Hounslow Council can be found here (PDF).
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