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Breaches of the Data Protection Act

Requested on
Mon 9th June, 2014
Reference
FOI 4520
Resolution
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Question

I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request details of breaches of the Data Protection Act in your local authority; specifically I am asking for:
1. The number of council personnel that have been convicted for breaches of the Data Protection Act.
2. The number of council personnel that have had their employment terminated for breaches of the Data Protection Act.
3. The number of council personnel that have been disciplined internally but have not been prosecuted for breaches of the Data Protection Act.
4. The number council personnel that have resigned during disciplinary procedures.
5. The number of instances where a breach has not led to any disciplinary action.
In each case, I request that you provide a list of the offences committed by the individual in question, for example "Accessed personal information for personal interest" or "Inappropriately shared patient information with a third party".

I request that the time period covered is 1st April 2011-1st April 2014.

I further request that the information be displayed in the below format:

Outline of what was lost/reported missing/accessed Data contained Action taken criminal/ discipline Additional responses to rectify loss
Council USB stick left/lost in internet cafe. Council employee names and email addresses. Final written warning issued. None taken.
Council external hard drive left in taxi. Names of residents in local authority housing. Suspended from work without pay for two weeks. Database rebuilt and password access further restricted.

Answer

Charnwood Borough Council has had one case based on the examples of the types of breach provided in your request within this time frame.
1. The number of council personnel that have been convicted for breaches of the Data Protection Act. Nil
2. The number of council personnel that have had their employment terminated for breaches of the Data Protection Act. Nil
3. The number of council personnel that have been disciplined internally but have not been prosecuted for breaches of the Data Protection Act. 1 – CCTV footage was accessed
4. The number council personnel that have resigned during disciplinary procedures. Nil
5. The number of instances where a breach has not led to any disciplinary action. Nil

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