ICO investigates Council after records dumped in skip

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has investigated Wolverhampton City Council after personal information, including sensitive data, was found in a skip.

The case came to the attention of the ICO in October 2010 when a local newspaper reported that council documents containing names, dates of birth, bank details, employment records and medical information had been dumped in a skip at a community leisure centre. The skip was subsequently stolen and the documents in it discarded

Following investigation by the ICO, it was established that the council did have a written contract in place with a waste management company for the appropriate disposal of personal data; however, council employees had failed to recognise the confidential nature of the information when it was disposed of.

The Chief Executive of Wolverhampton City Council has signed an undertaking with the ICO agreeing to ensure that employees are made aware of Council data protection and confidential waste management policies including how to comply with such policies.  The council has also agreed to regularly monitor compliance with the policies.

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