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ICO fine Cardiff Prison after intimate details of prisoners is released

Redstor posted in News | 28 Oct 2013

Following a severe data breach, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been fined £140,000 by the ICO. The MoJ risked the safety of 1,182 prisoners and their families as detailed information was sent via email to relatives of current inmates. The information sent contained the prisoner’s home addresses, their release dates and details of offences.

Upon investigation it was found that prisoner files were stored on unencrypted floppy disks and that no audit trail information was kept. In addition, there was a clear lack of management by the prison as the clerk had limited experience, minimal training and often worked unsupervised. The Data Protection Act requires that any personal information held by an organisation must be appropriately stored and if that data were to cause distress to those it refers to, then it must be encrypted. David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection voiced that “the potential damage and distress that could have been caused by this serious data breach is obvious”. Fortunately, this data breach has been localised yet had the data fallen into the wrong hands, the welfare risk to prisoners and their families would have been great.

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