In what could be termed as a rather shocking instance of data breach, it was found that a public body had sold a cabinet containing sensitive information about children to a furniture house.
That certainly puts Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) - the organisation, which did not even bother to take out the sensitive documents before selling off the cabinet, in a rather uncomfortable position. No doubt, it has a lot to answer now.
According to a revelation made by the data protection watchdog- the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), a total of nine case files were left exposed in the cabinet. It also stated that the cabinet was originally supposed to be destroyed, but instead was sold to the second hand furniture shop.
The case files which were left inside the cabinet included detailed and sensitive personal information about a large number of children, including their names, dates of birth, social reports and referral decisions etc.
However, according to officials, this is not the first instance when SCRA has been found guilty of data breach,
“The fact that sensitive information was mishandled not once but twice by the same organisation is concerning,” according to Ken Macdonald, ICO assistant commissioner for Scotland, Herald Scotland reports.