ICO Issues Data Protection Warning to Employers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to employers about the importance of making sure temporary staff – who regularly handle personal information – receive adequate data protection training. It states that the problem has been highlighted following four data breaches at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. The ICO’s investigation found that three of the incidents related to the work of temporary staff who had not received adequate data protection training, despite their role routinely involving the handling of personal information. In addition, it reported that the trust had no measures to check whether letters were being addressed to the correct recipient before sending.

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