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Royal Borough 'welcomes' ICO data protection advice

The Royal Borough has welcomed advice from a data protection watchdog on how to better handle sensitive personal data.

In August, the Information Commissioner’s Office said there had been a ‘technical breach’ of the Data Protection Act in a report about a complaint into Cllr Simon Dudley’s conduct in a council meeting in 2015, which revealed the complainant’s political affiliation.

In October, the commissioner’s office said it was ‘likely’ the council had complied with the terms of the act.

But in November, the commissioner’s office said it had not been necessary for the council to publish the person’s affiliation and advised it to ensure people are explicitly asked for their consent before such data is published.

A council spokeswoman said it welcomed the advice and would act on it  in future.

ROYAL BOROUGH: The council is ‘pleased’ it has not been sanctioned by a data protection watchdog after it received advice for improving how it handles sensitive personal data.

In November, it was written to by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which advised the Royal Borough to ensure people are explicitly asked for their consent ahead of such data being published.

In August, the ICO said there had been a ‘technical breach’ of the Data Protection Act in a report that was released about a complaint into Cllr Simon Dudley’s conduct in a council meeting in 2015, which revealed the person’s political affiliation.

However, in October, the ICO reversed its position and said it was ‘likely’ the council had complied with the DPA.

Later, in November, the ICO said it was not necessary for the council to publish the person’s affiliation, and would advise the council about how it handles data.

A spokeswoman said said the ICO 'provided the council with some further advice which we welcome, and will use and act on going forward when processing information requests and sensitive personal data under the Data Protection Act.'

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