UK: Leaked data revelations leaves Black Country councils red-faced

Oh the things that we learn from freedom of information requests:

Personal information including medical details, a bank statement and the outcome of a disciplinary hearing are among documents accidentally leaked to members of the public in the past year, it has emerged.

In Wolverhampton, a list of vulnerable people in placements was left in a lobby and some home address and telephone numbers of workers were accidentally sent to other staff by email among data breaches at the council.

There were 17 data breaches in Walsall, including the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, court papers and a GP letter containing medical details that were sent to the wrong addresses.

Someone’s bank statement was also left on a photocopier. In Dudley, papers from a social care file were left in a family’s home from an agency social worker by mistake.

Sandwell Council also confirmed its staff had lost sensitive personal data.

The breaches have been revealed under the Freedom of Information Act.

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