Enquiries at Essex over data security incidents
11 October 2012
Investigations have been launched into a possible data security breach at Essex County Council, after files were discovered in a disused building, the BBC
Believed to be the third recent information security incident, David Wilde, the council's chief information officer, reportedly said the incidents had "been a good test" of council procedures.
A spokesman for the Information Commissioner's Office, which can issue fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act, confirmed to Publicservice.co.uk that it was making enquiries.
The authority also told the BBC that it was conducting its own "ongoing" investigation, but would not provide details on the building incident.
In August, the council confirmed that it was investigating an alleged breach which may have caused 'minimal' identity theft
for around 400 residents.