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Islington Council fined £70,000 for exposing sensitive information

Islington Council fined £70,000 for exposing sensitive information

posted in Cyber-Security ● 23 Aug 2013

Islington Council were fined £70,000 by the ICO after it inadvertently published intimate details of over 2000 of it’s residents online. The council uploaded the information to the “What Do They Know” website and this revealed private details of residents including  housing needs, domestic abuse and mental illness history.Head of enforcement at the ICO, Stephen Eckersley said:”This mistake not only placed sensitive personal information relating to residents at risk, but also highlighted the lack of training and expertise within the council. Councils are trusted with sensitive personal information and residents are right to expect it to be handled in a proper way. Unfortunately, in this case that did not happen, and Islington Council must now explain to residents how it will stop these mistakes being repeated.”Making matters worse, the council were alerted to their error shortly after the upload, yet still failed to remove the information. They then continued to upload 2 further documents containing the same errors.This revelation once again highlights the importance of correctly protecting critical data. It is not only the risk of heavy fines, up to £500,000, but the long term damage to trust and reputation.Redstor’s range of secure, cloud services can protect your business’s data and reduce the risk of human error. Our Online Backup service helps ensure data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our Centrastor service enables organisations to store and share files securely online and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date.Redstor encrypts your data before it leaves your premises, so no one, not even us, can read your data. Therefore even during transmission to our facilities, your data is safe and secure. You can rest assured knowing that Redstor is also ISO9001 (Quality Management) and ISO27001 (Information Security Management) accredited.

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