Loss of personal data
Personal data, relating to drug offences by 600 arrested individuals, was accidently included in a spreadsheet given to a journalist following a Freedom of Information request.
Undertaking issued to ensure that all responses to FOI requests are double checked, preferably by a manager, to ensure that no personal data is included. Written procedures should be implemented and staff must be training in following that policy.
Reason for action
The Commissioner felt that the likelihood of identification was reduced as the offender’s names were not included in the attachment. Formal assurances were received that the email and spreadsheet were promptly deleted. All staff members have since been provided with comprehensive training relating to FOI requests.
26 June 2012