Council laptop lapses
Two local authorities have been fined by the Information
Commissioner's Office for data protection breaches after laptops
containing unencrypted information went missing.
Ealing Council and Hounslow Council were fined £80,000 and
£70,000, respectively. Ealing's breach arose because two laptops
were stolen from the home of an employee. Hounslow's breach arose
because it did not have a written contract with Ealing
Tom Morrison, IP partner at Rollits LLP, says: "It has been
made crystal clear that every organisation that uses laptop
computers must make sure that they are encrypted and not just
"If you outsource a function-such as the processing of
payroll or in this case the operation of an out of hours service-to
a contractor then it is you rather than the contractor who retains
primary liability for compliance with the Act."
Article first published in New Law Journal 17 February 2011
Posted on: 22/03/2011
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