Council sent complainants' details to ASB offenders
Police are patrolling an estate around the clock after a council sent details of residents who complained of anti-social behaviour to the perpetrators.
Islington Council called on tenants to report anti-social behaviour on the Andover estate in Holloway after recent problems with loud music, smoking drugs and verbal abuse into the night.
It managed to gain exclusion orders against 10 out of 13 people who had caused the disturbance, banning them from the north London estate. None of them were residents.
But in the paperwork sent out to the 10 troublemakers were included the details of 51 residents who had logged complaints, including their names, phone numbers, street and estate names.
The council says the police have already spoken to eight of the 10 people and retrieved the documentation from them. They still have two to speak to.
It has also reported the breach of data protection rules to the Information Commissioner.
Louise Round, corporate director of resources at Islington Council, said: ‘This information should not have been released, and we are extremely sorry that, through an error on our part, it has been disclosed.
‘The council has contacted every single person who is on that list - in total 51 people - to offer our apology and any practical support we can give. This includes additional security measures if they request it.’
Police have put extra patrols on the estate to reassure residents, she explained.
Ms Round added: ‘At the leader of the council’s instruction, we will also hold a detailed review of our admin processes to safeguard against this ever happening again. We are already taking action to tighten our procedures.’
An Information Commissioner’s Office spokesperson said: ‘We have recently been made aware of a possible data breach which may involve Islington Council. We will be making enquiries into the circumstances of the alleged breach of the Data Protection Act before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken.’