Commenting on the the ICO fine levied on Stoke Council, Christian Toon, the Head of Information Risk for Iron Mountain, Europe, said:
"The move by the ICO to fine Stoke Council £120,000 for sending child protection case information to the wrong person is commendable but sadly, this latest news is not an isolated incident. The long string of council data breaches only demonstrates how much public sector organisations are finding challenges in meeting compliance requirements.
"When it comes to the protection of sensitive information, public authorities have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that the data they hold is stored and kept in a secure manner, with no scope to get this wrong.
Managing sensitive information securely is not just about relying on stretched IT investment, it is about instilling a culture and empowering your people, Organisations should commit to regular staff training on encryption and remote working and the creation of robust guidelines that everyone understands. Establishing a culture of responsibility can only be successful if it is taken on by everyone – anything less will simply not be sufficient."