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Burnetts' information law solicitor Natalie Ruane comments on the latest information law developments.

Government department receives heavy fine after breach

The Department of Justice in Northern Ireland (DoJ NI) has been fined after a filing cabinet containing personal information relating to the victims of terrorists was sold at auction. The information included injuries sustained to the victims, family and compensation details together with confidential ministerial advice. Staff had not realised the locked filing cabinet contained any sensitive information before it went to auction. It was not until the buyer of the cabinet forced it open and found the sensitive personal information that the police service in Northern Ireland was notified.

The ICO investigated and have fined the department £185,000 for what they considered an incredibly serious data breach.

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Natalie Ruane

Natalie leads the Employment Law & HR team and specialises in education.

Published: Tuesday 11th March 2014
Categorised: Information Law

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