UK: Confidential files found in street – will Lancashire Police be taken out to the ICO shed again?

It seems like only last week I was reading about how the Lancashire Constabulary had to sign an undertaking with the Information Commissioner’s Office because they exposed personal information. Oh wait, it was last week. Now, it seems, they may be in trouble again – and again, it involves failing to secure and protect the privacy of an individual.

Kim Pilling reports:

An inquiry has been launched after a confidential police file containing the personal details of a teenage rape victim was found in the street.

The dossier was found by a dog walker in Blackpool, Lancashire, and was understood to have contained the girl’s photograph, her age, address, phone numbers and school.

It was also said to have referred to the sexual assault suffered by the teenager – who had been reported missing to the police – and the name of the person who carried it out.

The man found the ‘Missing Person’ stapled document on Lancashire Constabulary headed notepaper in North Drive, Anchorsholme, on Saturday morning.

Read more on The Independent.

Update: The Blackpool Gazette provides additional details.

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