UK: ‘Senstive information posted’ on town hall website

Data protection rules have come under the microscope after residents’ driving licences and utility bills were allegedly posted on a council’s website.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is now investigating complaints made about Ashford council’s online planning archive, which contains scans of documents dating back to 1984.

Usually such files are limited to letters, application forms and drawings, but more sensitive information has also allegedly found its way into the system.

Ashford resident Miriam Lewis said she complained to the ICO after her signature was included with a scan of a letter she sent to the council.


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