Saturday, 9 June 2012

Telford & Wrekin fined £90k for data protection breach

Telford & Wrekin Council has been fined £90,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act by the Information Commissioner's Office.

The fine has been for serious breaches of privacy surrounding vulnerable children that resulted in details of foster families being given to two mothers of children in care has been reduced to £72,000 for prompt payment.

The idea of a quango fining a local authority is galling - it's our council tax that will pay the fine for the ineptitude of one or more council officers. The ICO should be pursuing and prosecuting the accountable officer, not the council. If council officers were directly accountable for their actions, we might see a bit more sensible decision making and a lot less "bending" of rules and creative interpretation of guidelines to suit personal agendas.