Sunday, 6 February 2011

Southampton Council may have breached the Data Protection Act

COUNCIL chiefs in Southampton have been accused of unlawfully trawling through staff payroll records to undermine union opposition to looming pay cuts.

The council admitted using its payroll to find out the number of union subscriptions deducted from staff wages.

Union leaders are now considering a complaint over a possible breach of the Data Protection Act.

A spokesman for the ICO said: “Local authorities who hold and process information about their clients, employees or suppliers, are legally obliged to protect that information. Trade union membership would be considered to be sensitive personal information, and so any use of this type of information must be fully justified"

[My comment: I bet they are reluctant to do something similar with senior officers and SOLACE!]

Read the full story from the source Southern Daily Echo

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