London Borough of Barnet

Breach details

What Loss of sensitive personal information.
How much 15 records.
When 23 April 2011
Why Paper records relating to vulnerable children were stolen from a social worker’s home. Although it was accepted that the paper records needed to be taken home and that there was a policy in place to cover it, it was felt that the policy did not address the risk identified by this security breach.

Regulatory action

Regulator ICO
Action Monetary penalty of £ 70,000
When 15 May 2012

Why the regulator acted

Breach of act Loss of paper records.
Inappropriate organisational and technical measures.
Known or should have known Staff were aware of the sensitive nature of the data they dealt with and that it was often necessary for paper records to be taken out of the office.
Likely to cause damage or distress Data relating to child exploitation.