Ministry of Justice fined £140,000 for ‘sensitive personal data’ breach

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By Aisling Duffy

The Ministry of Justice has been fined £140,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a serious breach of the Seventh Data Protection Principle.

Details of all 1,182 prisoners at HMP Cardiff were emailed to the families of three inmates, when an inexperienced booking clerk copied and pasted a detailed spreadsheet into an email in error.

HMP Cardiff only became aware of the breach when one recipient contacted the prison to say they had received an email with an attached spreadsheet containing inmate data, some of it sensitive personal information…

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