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How to avoid a fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office

The last couple of months have seen some interesting decisions made by the Information Commissioner’s Office, providing some valuable lessons for charities and social enterprises.

In October, the ICO issued its first fine for loss of data to a charity, and it wasn’t a small one. Norwood Ravenswood Ltd, a social care charity, was fined £70,000 by the ICO for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

A social worker left highly sensitive reports about four children outside a London home in a failed attempt to deliver the information to the children’s potential adoptive parents. Those records, according to the ICO, may now be in the possession of anyone…

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