Loss of sensitive personal information.
An email containing a spreadsheet intended for 5 police colleagues was accidently forwarded to a website journalist.
Undertaking issued to ensure that technological measures are introduced and maintained to prevent accidental auto completing of email addresses and similar errors.
Reason for action
The auto-complete function of the email suggested the email address of the journalist and this error was not corrected. Moreover the member of staff was found to have previously displayed a “cavalier” attitude to IT security policies.
11 February 2011.