Data protection watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been forced to take action against yet another local authority for breaching sensitive personal information on its citizens.
North Lanarkshire Council was found to have broken the Data Protection Act (DPA) after sensitive information relating to the mental or physical health of "six vulnerable adults" was stolen from a home support worker's bag.
The council's guidance on how to store and dispose of sensitive information outside the office was found to have been inadequate, after the data in question was stolen from an unlocked bag.
"It is never acceptable for papers containing sensitive personal information to be left in an unlocked bag without necessary precautions," said assistant commissioner for Scotland, Ken Macdonald.
"The council's guidance on the handling of this type of information was inadequate and failed to advise staff on the best means of keeping information safe."
Like countless other councils before it, North Lanarkshire was forced to sign an undertaking with the ICO to improve its policies on data handling.
The ICO has been criticised in the past for failing to exercise its powers to fine organisations up to £500,000 for breaches of the DPA, but is nevertheless increasing the frequency of its fines.
Last week, a personal injury worker was ordered to pay just over £2,000 after he obtained confidential details from Bury Primary Care Trust and tried to use them for financial gain.
The ICO released a code of practice in May designed to give public and private sector organisations guidance on how to share and handle personal information in a legally compliant manner.
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