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Welsh Police fined £160,000

Natalie Ruane discusses a case regarding the Welsh police force being fined for losing sensitive evidence.

A Welsh police force has been fined £160,000 for losing sensitive evidence relating to a sexual abuse investigation. This comes in the same month that the ICO released new guidance on ‘how police forces in the UK handle personal data’.

The evidence was a video recording of an interview with the victim which was unencrypted, left in a desk drawer and consequently lost whilst changing offices. This then went unreported for just under 2 years. The ICO said that the force had ‘failed to take all appropriate measures despite guidance from the Ministry’. The ICO went on to say that there ‘had been a serious contravention of principle 7 [that data is to be stored securely]’ and that as it was not reported for nearly 2 years the contravention was ‘very serious’ as for a significant period of time ‘there has been an underlying failure by the data controller to put appropriate security measures in place’. A copy of ICO decision can be found here: https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/mpns/1431710/south-wales-police-monetary-penalty-notice.pdf

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Natalie Ruane

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

Published: Friday 14th August 2015
Categorised: Information Law

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