JLR is ac­cused of breach over worker de­tails

Solihull News - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING - TONY LARNER News Edi­tor

JAGUAR Land Rover has al­legedly dis­closed the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of hun­dreds of re­dun­dancy-threat­ened work­ers in a huge data breach.

Doc­u­ments con­tain­ing the de­tails of 647 agency staff at the lux­ury car firm’s Soli­hull site have been widely shared among the work­force, the Huff­Post UK re­ported.

The files are said to con­tain the names, pay­roll num­bers, dis­ci­plinary records and even the num­ber of sick days taken by staff. Another leaked list shows whether work­ers have a dis­abil­ity.

One file, ti­tled “re­lease list”, shows hun­dreds of staff marked with red lines – sug­gest­ing they will be let go. Some of the doc­u­ments con­tain “leave dates” for staff. But one worker said they have yet to be for­mally told about spe­cific re­dun­dan­cies since cuts were an­nounced in April.

The worker said: “It’s dis­gust­ing re­ally. Peo­ple are walk­ing round telling each other when they are leav­ing the busi­ness.

“It’s em­bar­rass­ing for ev­ery­one.

“You’re driv­ing round with peo­ple know­ing you’re go­ing to lose your job. It’s all you can see, ev­ery­one just look­ing at the doc­u­ments, dis­cussing it with each other.”

The per­son, who asked to re­main anony­mous, claimed that man­age­ment had ini­tially dis­missed the files as “fake news”. How­ever Jaguar Land Rover said it had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the “ex­tremely se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion”.

Bri­tain’s data watch­dog, the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner, said em­ploy­ers have a duty to pro­tect em­ploy­ees’ per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. The work­ers af­fected by the leak are em­ployed by an agency called Staffline, on be­half of Ger­man lo­gis­tics firm DHL.

JLR an­nounced 1,000 agency job losses two months ago “to en­sure mar­ket de­mand is bal­anced glob­ally”.

But it is un­der­stood any re­dun­dan­cies af­fect­ing lo­gis­tics and DHL’s agency staff are in ad­di­tion to those an­nounced by the car maker. Last week he firm an­nounced a fall in global prof­its af­ter slow sales growth.

Re­spond­ing to ques- tions over the leaked doc­u­ment, Jaguar Land Rover said: “We are aware of this ex­tremely se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion and we have raised this mat­ter with DHL and we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing. We take the per­sonal data and se­cu­rity of Jaguar Land Rover em­ploy­ees ex­tremely se­ri­ously.”

Staffline said it was look­ing into the mat­ter. DHL has yet to re­spond to re­quests for com­ment. News of the leak came just hours be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of sweep­ing new reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the pro­tec­tion of per­sonal data.

A file ti­tled ‘ re­lease list’ had staff marked with red lines, sug­gest­ing they will be let go

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