ICO takes enforcement action against the Home Office for serious data breach

February 2009
IM@T.Online;Feb2009, p8
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The article reports that the British Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found the Home Office in breach of the Data Protection Act after a contractor, PA Consulting Group Ltd., lost an unencrypted memory stick holding sensitive personal details of thousands of individuals in August 2008. Details lost included information about individuals serving custodial sentences and those who had previously been convicted of criminal offences. The ICO has required the Home Office to sign a formal Undertaking outlining that the Department will process personal information securely in future. The Undertaking has been signed on behalf of the Home Office by Sir David Normington, the Permanent Secretary.


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