ICO scolds Scots council

West Dunbartonshire Council has been issued with an ICO enforcement notice.

It was told to implement training and guidance or face court action following a data breach that led to a child's medical reports being stolen.

The council just west of Glasgow has been audited twice in 2013 and advised to improve its data-handling. It failed to do so, and in 2014 an employee left a laptop and paperwork on an adoption case in a car overnight, from which it was stolen.

Ken Macdonald, assistant information commissioner for Scotland, said: “Let’s be clear, what we’re asking for here is a basic requirement for an organisation that is trusted with large amounts of local people’s personal data.” ®

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