ICO issues data sharing reprimand to Dover Harbour Board, Kent Police

15/03/2024 | ICO

Dover Harbour Board and Kent Police have received official reprimands from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for violations of Section 35(1) and Section 40 of the Data Protection Act 2018.

The investigation revealed officers from both organisations had used messaging apps on their personal phones, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, to share personal information to combat vehicle crime. The ICO found that personal information was being shared without appropriate safeguards in place, and this was a failure by both organisations to ensure data security. SallyAnne Poole, the ICO Head of Investigations, said that there are official channels for law enforcement agencies to lawfully share information, and the use of messaging apps was a wrong approach.

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