The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK body tasked with data protection, has levied a £120,000 fine on Stoke-on-Trent City Council after the authority was found guilty of a serious data breach. The ICO used the announcement to remind organisations the importance of encrypting confidential personal information.
According to the ICO, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has grievously breached the Data Protection Act, repeating a mistake for which it was chastised early in 2010. The previous incident involved the loss of sensitive information pertaining to a childcare case. At that time, the city council was found to have stored the data on an unencrypted memory stick. It agreed to take steps that would improve data security, among those being the introduction of encryption for portable storage devices.
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