£120k fine for info-loss cops

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A PO­LICE force has been fined £120K and slammed by au­thor­i­ties af­ter a mem­ory stick con­tain­ing the names of drug dealer in­for­mants was stolen from a de­tec­tive’s home.

In a damn­ing re­port the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice said there were ‘sig­nif­i­cant fail­ings’ sur­round­ing the blun­der by Greater Manch­ester Po­lice which ‘send a shiver down the spine’.

An in­truder walked into the de­tec­tive’s house in Grot­ton, Old­ham, af­ter he left his back door open.

The mem­ory stick – which was not pass­word pro­tected – was in the of­fi­cer’s wal­let. It had on it de­tails of 1,075 peo­ple who had passed on info about drug-deal­ing.

These peo­ple are now at risk of phys­i­cal harm.

A sim­i­lar data breach oc­curred in 2010 but lessons were not learned, say the ICO.

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