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Europe Data Protection Digest | Council Fined After Accidental Disclosure Related reading: Polish GDPR implementation draft published for comment


The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found London’s Islington Council “guilty of a serious breach of the Data Protection Act after the names, gender, ethnicity and other personal details, including some medical information, belonging to 2,375 individuals were accidentally disclosed,” reports. The council has been fined 70,000 GBP after the data was included in the response to a freedom of information request. “The ICO said that three spreadsheets disclosed to the WDTK site by Islington Council contained personal, and in places sensitive, data that was ‘hidden’ in so-called ‘pivot tables’ within the spreadsheets” but could be viewed by anyone with “basic knowledge of Excel,” the report states.
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