Cheshire East escapes action after data protection breach
CHESHIRE East Council has come under fire after it was revealed it will not be reprimanded for breach- THE wife of the hero brother who died saving his sibling from a Tube train has paid tribute to her ‘perfect’ husband.
Jennifer Kavanagh, who met her husband Nick Mann in Manchester, said she was ‘beyond heartbroken’ after the London Underground ing the Data Protection Act.
In January, council staff sent an email to 300 people who registered an interest in its FairerPower energy initiative through tragedy on Sunday morning.
Journalist Nick, 35, was fatally injured after going onto the rails to rescue brother Robert, 32, who is believed to have been trying to retrieve a lost item. Robert, who lives in Manchester, suffered serious injuries and remains in a critical but the council’s website. However, due to ‘human error’ the e-mail addresses of each recipient was shared with the others, breaching the Data Protection Act. stable condition. Paying tribute to her hero husband, Ms Kavanagh said: “Nick was the perfect husband. I am beyond heartbroken.
“We met in Manchester, where he went to university, and has many friends there too.
“He was kind, gentle, funny and so considerate.
And now the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – which is based on Water Lane, Wilmslow and deals with data protection and Freedom of Information complaints – has said it will not take action.
In its report into a complaint on the matter from Ukip Coun Brian Silvester, the ICO says: “It does appear likely that the council breached the DPA... this is because all recipients’ email addresses were visible, therefore disclosing each individual’s personal data to a number of unauthorised third parties.
In response to this matter the council has explained it is currently taking steps to strengthen its Data Protection policy and Intranet guidance specifically in relation to the use of distribution lists.
“It has also advised that the team responsible for the breach has been given a refresher data protection He had hundreds of friends in London, which we’ve called home since 2007. We have been on lots of adventures and had many more planned.”
The brothers, who were raised in Shrewsbury, studied in Manchester, with Robert staying on after his history course at MMU. briefing relating to this incident.
“We are pleased the council has taken this action as we feel that it will mitigate the risk of a similar incident occurring again in the future and will help to improve its information rights practices.”
The report goes on to say that no further action will be taken. The authority was fined £80,000 in 2012 after an email was sent to 180 unintended recipients. And Ukip Coun Brian Silvester has criticised Cheshire East Council for breaching the Data Protection Act.
He said: “I think that the Information Commissioner should have taken action against CEC. More than 300 addresses [were] involved. This is also not the first time that CEC has been found guilty of a breach.
“I have asked the ICO to reconsider their decision not to take any further action.”
After the ICO’s findings were published a Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “Only one person complained.
“This was a minor breach and there was no need for formal notification to the Information Commissioner’s Office.”
Shoppers donated £1,069 in aid of the NSPCC on its annual Flag Day.
The committee for the Wilmslow branch ran street collections in and around the town.
Lesley Henstock, organiser, said: “The weather was very cold but the shoppers of Wilmslow, Handforth and Alderley Edge gave generously. We would like to thank all those who gave their time to collect, gave so generously and the Royal British Legion Club for use of their premises.”