UK: Councils losing personal data four times a day: Tens of thousands affected by leaks of confidential information including medical records (updated)

Ian Drury reports on the results of a FOIA investigation by Big Brother Watch:

Bungling councils have lost or wrongly shared the sensitive personal information of tens of thousands of people, a damning report reveals today.

Officials breach data rules at least four times a day, often involving the confidential details – including medical records – of countless adults and children.

The ‘shockingly lax attitudes’ that local authorities show towards protecting private records is exposed in a study by the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch.

Read more on Daily Mail. I don’t see BBW’s report up on their site yet, but will add a link to this post when I find it.

Update: here’s BBW’s report.  And there’s already one criticism of it.

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