UK: Council will not face censure for Data Protection error

A council which wrongly included national insurance numbers on post will not face action over the blunder.

Northumberland County Council has been told by the Information Commissioner that it will not be censured over the mistake.

The Journal reported in April how, due to “human error”, the authority failed to remove national insurance numbers from a list of 6,597 recipients of a pension newsletter it sent to its distribution company.

This resulted in the company printing the numbers on the newsletters – clearly visible alongside the recipient’s address, before posting them out – in breach of the Data Protection Act.

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