UK: Family’s safety ‘put at risk’ by council’s blunder

Stef Lach reports:

A father says his family’s safety was put at risk by a council blunder which saw his personal details sent to thousands of people.

Renfrewshire Council wrote to the 5354 people on its approved landlords list inviting them to a Landlord Accreditation training course, but also attached a list with personal details of everyone on the list.

The error is a breach of the Data Protection Act and one man, who rents out a home in Renfrewshire, is fearful the nature of his job may put him at risk of attack by animal rights activists.

Read more on Herald Scotland. In this case, the combination of corporate email address plus name and home address is concerning to the individual, who says in his line of work, he is more at risk of harassment or attacks by animal rights activists. Now they know he works for a pharmaceutical firm and they know where he lives, he claims.  Why he used his company’s name or email address for a landlord registry is not addressed, but surely it would have been more prudent for him to have a separate email address for his landlord activities, no?

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