Scottish Borders Council have been fined £250,000 after a contractor dumped pension records of former staff in a supermarket recycling bank.
It's the biggest fine levied on a Scottish Council by the Information Commissioner's Office.
Scottish Borders Council said it was unhappy with the level of the fine but added no services would have to be cut to pay it.
It's believed that more than 600 files, containing confidential information including salary and bank details, were deposited at the recycling bank.
A member of the public made the discovery and contacted police, resulting in the recovery of 676 files.