Ealing Council

Breach details

What Loss of sensitive personal information.
How much 958 records.
When 2010
Why Theft of two unencrypted laptops (one work-issued, one personal) from a staff member’s home. The employee had been involved in a breach before, but no remedial action was taken. No home working risk assessment undertaken (although this was in policy).

Regulatory action

Regulator ICO
Action Monetary penalty of £ 80,000
When 08 February 2011

Why the regulator acted

Breach of act Unencrypted tapes were stolen, and have still not been recovered. Inappropriate organisational and technical measures.
Known or should have known Data controller was aware of the possible consequences of the such an event, since policies were in place requiring home assessment and encryption of laptops. Both these policies were breached.
Likely to cause damage or distress Personal data of clients.