A report has found evidence of more than 4,000 data breaches over the past four years, involving council workers and our data. Less than one in ten workers get prosecuted for this, for example, one person was using local authority CCTV cameras to film a colleague™s wedding. Big Brother Watch found evidence of more than 4,000 data breaches over the past four years “ yet fewer than 400 council workers were disciplined (click link for study information). Council staff were found to have accessed material for personal interest. Another example; a social worker left papers containing confidential records about children and information linked to sex offenders on a train, and in another, an unencrypted laptop containing the details of 200 schoolchildren was stolen. On 658 occasions, children™s information was involved in the breaches, according to disclosures to the campaigners under the Freedom of Information Act.
- 4,236 data breaches
- 401 instances of data loss
- 628 cases of incorrect or inappropriate data being shared on emails, letters and faxes
- 388 of the breaches resulted in some form of disciplinary action
- only 1 breach led to prosecution