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Council fined after sensitive files are found in cabinet sent to secondhand shop

Norfolk County Council have been fined after sensitive files were found in a cabinet sent to a second hand shop

Norfolk County Council has been fined £60,000 after sensitive files about children were left in a cabinet sent to a second-hand shop as part of an office move.

The Information Commissioner's Office imposed the punishment after a member of the public bought the cabinet and discovered the social work case files. They included information relating to seven children.

Steve Eckersley, ICO head of enforcement, said

For no good reason Norfolk County Council appears to have overlooked the need to ensure it had robust measures in place to protect this information. It should have had a written procedure in place which made it clear that any storage items removed from the office which may have contained personal information were thoroughly checked before disposal.

– Steve Eckersley, Information Commissioner's Office