Scotland's Midlothian Council has been fined £140,000 by the UK Information Comissioner's Office (ICO) for five separate incidents. It's the largest data breach fine imposed so far by the ICO.
"In one incident, a Midlothian Council employee sent details of a child protection conference to an out-of-date address held for the child's mother's partner, according to ICO enforcement documents, as a result of the council not keeping the database current," writes ZDNet UK's Tom Espiner. "The conference minutes were read by the partner's former partner, who may have discussed the information within the local community, according to the ICO."
"Midlothian Council discovered the five data breaches in June, plus three further instances now under investigation by the ICO," Espiner writes.
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