The Government data loss thread

The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration didn't empty a filing cabinet before disposing of it...

From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/06/ico_scolds_scottish_childrens_protection_body_over_data_breaches/
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found that the organisation which investigates the care of Scotland's most vulnerable children had twice failed to protect sensitive child welfare information.

In January 2011 the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) sent legal papers containing sensitive information about a child's court hearing to the wrong email address, the watchdog said.

The electronic documents included details relating to physical abuse and included the identities of the child's mother and witnesses.

Four months earlier, in September 2010, the SCRA had left nine case files in a filing cabinet when it was removed as part of an office refurbishment.

The files contained names, dates of birth, social reports and referral decisions relating to children.

Although the cabinet was supposed to have been destroyed, it was sold on to a second-hand furniture shop with the files still inside.
 

Diane

HEdups
Obviously they care so much about children that they leave the youngsters' details lying around for anyone to get hold of.

And we pay these people?

Diane
 

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Council lost memory stick containing 18,000 residents’ details

Council lost memory stick containing 18,000 residents’ details

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council breached the Data Protection Act by losing an unencrypted memory stick containing the details of over 18,000 residents, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today.
Acting Head of Enforcement, Sally Anne Poole said (among other things):

“Luckily, the information stored on the device was not sensitive and much of it is publicly available. Therefore, the incident is unlikely to have caused substantial distress to local people."
 

Elaine Kirk

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Can I say that I so want to slap these people who treat our right to privacy with such disdain? Oh I just did :peace:
 

Elaine Kirk

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from the BBC
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A health trust has started an inquiry after the personal details of 47 Cambridgeshire primary school children were lost.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust said paperwork including names, addresses, NHS numbers and dates of birth had gone missing.

The information belonged to reception class pupils at Paston Ridings Primary School, in Peterborough.

It was sent using an "internal post" system, the trust said.

The missing paperwork also contained details of the children's doctors and school.

Some of the affected 47 pupils could be aged as young as four...more....
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Laptop containing thousands of customers’ bank details stolen from Glasgow City Counc

Laptop containing thousands of customers’ bank details stolen from Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council (GCC) is to write to 37,835 customers after two laptops were taken during an office break-in late last month.

Bank account details of 16,451 customers were stored on one of the devices, while data loss for the remaining 21,384 customers remains limited to names and addresses. Suppliers, people receiving winter fuel payments and individuals in receipt of care grants all stand to be affected.
A council spokesman said: “We are in the process of writing to the people affected by this theft to alert them to the data loss and offer them advice about what steps they might need to take.

“We’ve also provided them with a phone number they can use to contact us if they have any questions.
 

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NHS Tayside launches urgent investigation after medical records found dumped

NHS Tayside launches urgent investigation after medical records found dumped in street

Private and confidential NHS hospital patient notes have been found dumped in a bin recess in Dundee.


The papers give potentially embarrassing details of debilitating personal or mental health issues, while some of the information states who the patients live with and in what type of accommodation.

The patients' ages range from 40 to 93.

The documents were found by a concerned tenant at a block of flats and businesses in the West Port area of the city.
A spokesman for NHS Tayside said:

'We take patient confidentiality and the safeguarding of patient information very seriously and therefore we have already taken steps to reinforce the requirement for all staff to always be alert to the importance of keeping patient information secure and confidential.'
Oh really? :censored:

NHS Tayside came under heavy criticism in 2008 when personal files relating to vulnerable children were found in a derelict area at Strathmartine Hospital.

Questions were raised at Holyrood and there were calls for resignations after files containing the personal histories of children lay discarded for months at the hospital, which closed in 2003.
 

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Scottish Borders Council data fine appeal hearing begins

Missed this story when it appeared in March.

No need for a central database for councils to place data subjects at risk of identity theft or worse. And they have the gall to complain about the fine (which will be met by the taxpayer despite it being down to Numptie Named Person negligence).

Scottish Borders Council data fine appeal hearing begins

An appeal hearing is under way into a £250,000 penalty imposed on Scottish Borders Council for data protection failings.

The authority was fined after employee pension records were found dumped in a supermarket car park.
 

Elaine Kirk

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From the BBC
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Glasgow City Council has been fined £150,000 for the loss of two unencrypted laptops, one of which contained personal details of more than 20,000 people.The fine was issued by the Information Commissioner's Office.The ICO discovered that a further 74 unencrypted laptops were missing, six of which were known to be stolen.
 
Ahh that fine will make all the difference to whether the details on the laptops can be used by others - NOT!

What happened to the days when you got sacked for gross negligence and incompetence?
 

Admin

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Sensitive Aberdeen child data found in Dundee skip

Sensitive Aberdeen child data found in Dundee skip

ABERDEEN City Council today ordered an urgent investigation after “extremely sensitive” child welfare documents were found at a council dump in Dundee, almost 70 miles from the Granite City.

• Confidential child welfare documents belonging to Aberdeen City Council have been found in a skip in Dundee, it is understood

• Documents include home addresses and medical details of social work service users and other personal information

• Investigation ordered into claim amid concerns over data protection breach
A spokesman for Aberdeen City Council said: “Aberdeen City Council takes any breach of confidentiality very seriously and we are investigating this matter.“
There's that old template reponse again.
 

Elaine Kirk

Super Moderator
Sensitive Aberdeen child data found in Dundee skip.

ABERDEEN City Council today ordered an urgent investigation after “extremely sensitive” child welfare documents were found at a council dump in Dundee, almost 70 miles from the Granite City.
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Well well well this is the same council who are advertising for a person to be paid £36.000.00 a yr to implement the girfec data gathering on every child before the children and young persons act has even been through due parliamentary process .
 

Elaine Kirk

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From the Mail Online
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A social services worker accessed the records of a child raped in a drugs den as part of a wider conspiracy to collapse the trial of an alleged paedophile ring.Mahdiya Khan, 21, a secretary for Lancashire County Council, printed off 'extremely sensitive' data on the girl and handed it to her boyfriend, who was a defendant in the case.
 

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PCSO gave police documents to drug dealer - in return for sexually-explicit pictures

Data theft for sexual favours. All in a day's play for any 'Named Person' with access to the police computer or children's records via GIRFEC/ECM aka the 'paedophile's address book'.

From the Birmingham Mail: Corrupt PCSO gave police documents to drug dealer - in return for sexually-explicit pictures

The crooked PCSO made 45 unlawful searches of sensitive material - including criminal records, custody shots and incident logs relating to crimes - involving around 40 people for drug dealer Brian Baker.

He printed off more than 200 intelligence logs and smuggled them out in brown envelopes all rolled up in newspapers.

In return he was handed sexually explicit images of a female go-between, hospital worker Marie Parks, 52.

Two pages of logs were seized by officers last September from an address in Coventry where a firearm and ammunition was also found.

The find sparked an internal police investigation and Thompson, who had been with the force since 2009, was placed under covert surveillance.

A sexualised relationship was his reward for his action, Stafford Crown Court heard.
 
The Herald Scotland has a pro ID Card piece today:

Personal details are more than passwords
http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/personal-details-are-more-than-passwords.24904445

A national ID card scheme may seem Orwellian to some, but in an age when we're all anonymous, tapping away on an iPad that could just as easily be in Newton Mearns or New Delhi, we must accept that old methods of personal verification are broken and that we need a new system.

If the government doesn't provide such a system then the private sector will surely step in. Personally, I'd be more comfortable with my public records being tied to a national ID card than to my Google account.
The assumption being that Government is always completely benign . . .
 
They also miss the point that at the moment it is entirely voluntary to give your details to Google, although it's hard to opt out. If the government mandates that you hand over the information then opting out gets a lot harder.

I don't use Gmail, or any of the other large providers, for my personal email. If someone wants to read it then they've either got to get it from the other end, intercept it in transit or come talk to me.
 
Worse is this latest Whitehall plan to share all our data:

Revealed: Whitehall plans to share your private data
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11009405/Revealed-Ministers-blueprint-to-share-private-data.html

Details of the financial history, qualifications and property wealth of millions of Britons could be shared across Whitehall for the first time without their consent, the Telegraph can disclose.

Information including voters’ driving licences, criminal records, energy use and even whether they use a bus pass could be shared under a radical blueprint to link up thousands of state databases used by schools, councils, police and civil servants.

. . . Ministers believe the ability to aggregate and “mine” citizens’ data under a new legal framework will allow them to better monitor economic growth and population movements, identify troubled families and elderly people in need of support, and cut fraud.
What's really worrying is that they are apparently planning some kind of change to Data Protection laws:

The proposals, drawn up by Francis Maude, will be contained in a White Paper published in the Autumn. It may feature draft legislation for introduction after the 2015 election, according to sources.

. . . At present, people’s personal information is governed by the Data Protection Act and a web of legislation, often decades old, that underpins different government bodies – making it all but impossible for it to be shared outside one department without the specific investigatory powers granted to police and tax inspectors.
This could be something to do with repealing the Human Rights Act and creating a Bill of Rights. Either way this is a particularly worrying piece in the Telegraph - not least because it was David Cameron who ensured the ID Cards Act was repealed and it now appears he's been got at too . . .

[Copied to a new Data Protection thread as this is so important]
 
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