Council hit with £250,000 fine for dumped bank files

Published: 11 Sep 2012 18:302 comments

HARD-UP Scottish Borders Council will have to pay £250,000 after breaching strict data protection rules.

DUMPING bank records of former employees in a supermarket car park recycling bin has cost Scottish Borders Council £250,000.

More than 600 pension records were found sticking out of recycle bank last year by an eagle-eyed shopper.

Following an enquiry by the Information Commissioner, the local authority was this week slapped with quarter-of-a-million pounds civil penalty.

Council Chief Executive Tracey Logan said: "It is very disappointing to receive such a high monetary penalty from the ICO especially in the current economic climate."

Full story in this week's Border Telegraph

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  • Michael Traill
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    Sep 11, 20:00
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    Dear Tracey Logan

    It's very disappointing that your authority chose to show such a high disregard for presonal information, I have no sympathy that your authority has had to be punished.

    It is a shame that the actions of your authority are now leading to the Borders public having to miss out on £250,000 worth of roads improvments, or school improvments etc because you failed to adhere to the law.

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  • Chris W
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    Sep 11, 20:45
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    It is wrong that the authority has been fined. That just means rate payers are fined. The individuals responsible should be fined, and sacked.

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