Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Passport service broke data protection law

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) broke data protection laws when it lost the passport renewal applications of 21 people, data protection watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.

The chief executive of the IPS has promised the ICO that it will ensure that measures are put in place to stop such a loss happening again and that all staff will be made aware of those measures.

The renewal applications contained the personal data not only of the applicants but also of the counter-signatories to those applications. The ICO said, though, that no complaints about damage as a result of the loss had been made.

My comment:  On their website the IPS state "The Identity and Passport Service is committed to compliance with the Act. [Data Protection] We hold a legal duty to do so. We will take every precaution to protect your information." Oh no you don't.

Read the full story from the source Out-Law

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