£120k fine for info-loss cops
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.