Telford & Wrekin Council

Breach details

What Inappropriate disclosure of sensitive personal data.
How much Two records over two incidents.
When 31 March 2011
Why On the first occasion a Social Worker sent a Social Care Core Assessment report to the child’s sibling instead of the mother. A second incident was reported by the Council to the ICO involving the inappropriate disclosure of foster carer names and addresses to the children’s mother, in this incident the authority decided to move the children to a different foster carer.

Regulatory action

Regulator ICO
Action Monetary penalty of £ 90,000
When 6 June 2012

Why the regulator acted

Breach of act There was no formal checking process in place to prevent documents being sent to the wrong recipients . Inappropriate organisational and technical measures.
Known or should have known Staff were used to dealing with such cases on a daily basis and were aware of the sensitivity of the data being handled. Two separate incidents occurred in 2 months.
Likely to cause damage or distress Data relating to vulnerable child in foster care.