Bolton Youth Offending Team

Loss of sensitive personal data.

How much
Three records.

A camcorder containing video footage of two young offenders apologising to their young victim was stolen. Two laptops, which did not contain personal data, were also stolen.


Regulatory action
Undertaking issued to ensure that all portable media devices used to store or transmit personal data are suitably encrypted. Physical security measures must at all times be adequate to prevent unauthorised access to personal data Staff must be made aware of and trained to follow the data controller’s policy for the storage, use, retention, or disposal of personal data.

Reason for action
The camcorder was stored in a locked cabinet, but the storage room which contained it was not locked and the windows used to gain entry did not provide adequate security. The video footage should have been removed from the camcorder and either stored appropriately or destroyed.

28 April 2010

View PDF of the Bolton Youth Offending Team Undertaking (Breach Watch Archive)