Somerset County Council breached the Data Protection Act by sending a social service assessment about a local teenager to the wrong family, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today.
The ICO’s investigation found that the assessment - which had been prepared by the council’s social services department - contained sensitive personal information relating to a teenager’s behavioural history and medical background.
The report was mistakenly sent out to the wrong family by a council employee who was handling two similar cases at the same time.
The ICO has also found that there were failings in the way the incident was handled by the Council. The recipient of the information was first told to throw it away before being advised that it would be collected by a council employee.
Sheila Wheeler, Chief Executive of Somerset County Council, has now signed an undertaking to ensure that staff will be made aware of the Council’s policies and procedures for the storage, use and disclosure of personal data and receive appropriate training on how to follow them.
My comment: Chief Executive signs an undertaking, how does that put things right and stop it happening again? It doesn't but it makes it look like the ICO has done something when all they have done is given the council the usual pathetic watchdog slap on the wrist.
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