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February 26, 2019

Concerns raised over Anglesey Council data breach threats

A recent report has highlighted concerns over the threat of an Anglesey Council data breach incident after risks were identified as part of an internal audit.

The audit results indicated a need for improvement when it comes to Anglesey Council’s IT network. At least two risks identified as “major” were also reported, and the report is said to have confirmed that there was only “reasonable assurance” that their systems were safe from potential breach incidents.

With council data breach compensation claims being one of the more common types of cases we help people with, the growing numbers of threats and actual breaches local authorities are facing is a problem that needs to be resolved.

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February 13, 2019

Human error blamed for Ceredigion council data leak

Human error has been blamed for the Ceredigion council data leak that was discovered last year. Personal and sensitive information had been accidentally uploaded to the council’s website in error.

The matter was reported to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) who could still issue a GDPR fine. However, for the victims, justice can be achieved by a separate legal case they’d be entitled to launch.

Human error remains one of the top causes for data breach incidents in the UK. Council data breach compensation claims are also one of the more common types of cases we deal with as well. We’re therefore not surprised to hear that the Ceredigion council data leak fits into this category.

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February 06, 2019

A bizarre Bedfordshire Police data breach

A former candidate for Houghton Regis Town Council has been fined in a bizarre incident that led to a Bedfordshire Police data breach.

The former candidate had reportedly been arrested at his home when an officer left her netbook unattended with him. He then took a photo of the notebook and uploaded it online. He has been fined £200.00 and made to pay additional costs in the sum of £115.00.

This is certainly one of the more bizarre police data breach incidents we’ve ever come across before. It’s a prime example of just how easy it is for personal and potentially sensitive data to be breached and shared.

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January 31, 2019

Sandwell Council data breach incidents

There are reportedly worrying numbers of Sandwell Council data breach incidents, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

We can’t say that we’re surprised. A huge number of the Claimants we represent are claiming for council data breach compensation. Of the thousands of people who have approached us for help over the years we’ve been fighting for data breach justice, a large proportion are claims involving local government services.

What’s further worrying is the fact that the nature of the data local councils and their agents hold is usually voluminous and can be incredibly personal and sensitive in nature.

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January 30, 2019

High Court criticises Greenwich Council data breach

A High Court Judge has criticised a “serious and significant” Greenwich Council data breach in an adoption case that was reportedly badly managed.

We’re highly experienced in council compensation claims involving social services. Claims against local government authorities are one of the most common types of claims we represent people for. This story doesn’t come as a surprise to us, although the nature of the breach is incredibly serious and should never have happened in the first place.

This particular Greenwich Council data breach highlights the severity of this kind of breach given the nature of the personal and sensitive data that public organisations hold.

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January 28, 2019

Scarborough Sixth Form data breach

The Scarborough Sixth Form data breach was another example of an email leak that was caused by a simple administrative error.

It happened in July last year, so it falls within the scope of the new GDPR legislation. The incident was referred to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) for investigation.

As alarming as an email leak sounds, it’s not an uncommon occurrence. We represent a number of people who have been involved in email data leaks, with the most prominent one being the 56 Dean Street Clinic leak of 2015. As easy as these things can happen, there’s no excuse for allowing it to happen at all.

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January 22, 2019

Serious Swansea Council data breach

There has been a serious Swansea Council data breach that has affected vulnerable adults and children that was discovered in December 2018.

In this remarkable case, a diary was found on the side of the A48 road in Carmarthenshire. The diary contained personal and confidential information about vulnerable adults and children and is thought to belong to a Swansea Council employee.

It has yet to be determined how the diary ended up abandoned at the side of the road. What we know for certain is that proper care for sensitive data has not been upheld.

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January 17, 2019

Closure of York Council app after hack

The York Council app that was hacked late last year has reportedly been shut down as a result of the data breach incident.

It’s understood that the public-facing aspect of the app is no longer available. Residents had been able to access it and use it as part of waste-reduction plans and for the improvement of their environmental performance.

After it was discovered that the app lacked the proper security to keep users’ data safe, the app has now been reportedly shut down and is no longer publicly-available.

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January 16, 2019

Have you been the victim of a Suffolk Council data breach?

If you’ve been victim of a Suffolk Council data breach, we may be able to help you; and you’re not alone either!

Recent data reportedly indicated that there has been an increase of around a third in terms of the number of reported Suffolk Council data breach incidents in 2018 when compared to 2017. Suffolk Council has suggested that this could be because of the new GDPR that came into force last year. They’ve also suggested it could be due to greater awareness from staff, meaning more breaches are being reported.

But that doesn’t mean that those breaches haven’t been taking place. With council data breaches being one of the most common cases we help people with, we can’t say we’re surprised by this latest report.

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January 11, 2019

Serious Wokingham Council data breach

The incredibly serious Wokingham Council data breach that came to light in the last few weeks was a severe example of how bad a council data breach can be.

This particular breach was said to be an error that’s among a number that had been identified with Wokingham Council. Councils and local authority agencies hold a great deal of incredibly personal and sensitive data about thousands of individuals. This includes vulnerable people and children.

As such, any council data breach can be severe. This latest Wokingham Council breach is one of the worst we’ve seen.

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