UK: Authority’s sorry for e-mail privacy gaffe

Derby City Council has come under fire for breaching privacy laws by sending out a note containing the e-mail addresses of 50 council tax-payers.

The error came to light when Julian Boardman, a web manager, received a electronic notice on Thursday morning informing him that his council tax payment was due.

Later that day, a woman whose council tax was also due sent him an e-mail saying that his and 50 other e-mail address were included in the same note. She had got Mr Boardman’s address because she was on the same list.

A legal expert told the Evening Telegraph that giving personal details such as an e-mail address out without permission was a criminal offence.


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