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Posted on: 01 Sep 2017 

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UK Council fined 70k!

 
 

It has been reported that a council’s care requirements database that holds information for 3,000 users has been on a wide open portal. The UK council in question has faced a fine of 70k for leaving vulnerable peoples personal data wide open online for 5 years.

Nottinghamshire County Council posted different bits of information into an online directory including gender, postcodes, addresses and care requirements for disabled and elderly people. This directory was left wide open for everyone to access, there weren’t any usernames, passwords or any other access controls in place to limit access. The names of the service users weren’t there but a person who is determined and knows where to look will find these out quite easily.

The open directory was discovered when a member of the public came across this information, this was done with nothing more than a sophisticated search using a search engine.

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