Islington residents' details leaked for second time
Islington Council has leaked thousands of residents’ personal details online, months after a similar blunder.
Town hall officials leaked 2,400 names and addresses, along with people’s sexuality, gender, religion and ethnicity, when they responded to a freedom of information request concerning the housing transfer list.
Officers believe the highly sensitive document was freely accessible on the What do they know website, which provides a service for making FOI requests, for around 19 days.
In April, the council sent the details of hundreds of residents who had complained about anti-social behaviour on the Andover Estate to the perpetrators when it served behaviour injunctions.
Islington Council were forced to provide extra police patrols on the estate to protect residents who feared reprisals.
Terry Stacy, leader of Islington’s Liberal Democrats, said: ‘For thousands of Islington residents to have their personal details leaked by the council for the second time in three months is beyond belief.
‘Once was bad enough but twice is plain incompetent. This is becoming a habit of this administration. Labour councillors clearly cannot be trusted with residents’ personal information.’
The council has apologised to residents and promised to give staff ‘appropriate training’ to prevent further mistakes happening. A council statement said that the document was only accessed seven times from the internet. All of the personal information has now been removed from the website and the Information Commissioner’s Office, which monitors data breaches, has been informed.
James Murray, executive member for housing and development, said: ‘This should never have happened. I am angry and disappointed. Islington residents need to know that their personal information is safe with the council.
‘An investigation is underway and I have made clear that I want any and every lesson to be learned.’