Council data security ‘shockingly lax’

Sensitive personal information has been lost or stolen from councils in thousands of cases, research suggests.

Local authorities recorded 4,236 data breaches during a three-year period from April 2011, a study by privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch said. Its director Emma Carr said this showed “shockingly lax attitudes to protecting confidential information”. The Local Government Association said breaches were “proportionately rare” given the volume of data handled.

The report is based on responses to Freedom of Information requests sent to all local authorities in the UK.


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