Large fine imposed for loss of personal data

The importance of securing data was highlighted recently when the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) imposed a fine of £150K on Glasgow City Council for a number of data security breaches.  These breaches most importantly included the loss of two laptops with unsecured data which included the bank account details of over 6,000 people, and other personal data relating to  more than 20,000 individuals.

Although the unfortunate loss of this data was caused by a lack of effective encryption and then the subsequent theft of the two laptops in question, it does also highlight the need for organisations to insist on certificated data destruction when PCs, servers and laptops become redundant within their organisation.