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InfoLawUpdate - Ministry of Justice Given £180,000 Penalty

InfoLawUpdate - Ministry of Justice Given £180,000 Penalty

Burnetts' information law solicitor Natalie Ruane examines a case where the Ministry of Justice was given a penalty following a serious breach of the Data Protection Act.

The Ministry of Justice received a monetary penalty of £180,000 this month following a serious breach of the Data Protection Act.  The breach was caused by the loss of an unencrypted hard drive at HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire in May last year.  The hard drive contained sensitive information about 2,935 prisoners.

The ICO’s Head of Enforcement, Stephen Eckersley said “We hope this penalty sends a clear message that organisations must not only have the right equipment available to keep people’s information secure, but must understand how to use it.”

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Natalie Ruane

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

Published: Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Categorised: Information Law

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