The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a formal reprimand to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after 14 bags of confidential waste documents were left unsecured in a prison holding area. The documents contained sensitive information, such as medical and security vetting details, and were accessible to prisoners and staff for 18 days. Despite staff noticing prisoners openly reading the documents, no action was taken to secure the information. As a result, at least 44 people had access to the documents, which had not been collected by a contracted shredder waste removal company as scheduled. The ICO investigation uncovered a lack of robust policies at the prison, no pre-agreed secure areas for staff to leave confidential waste, and staff with insufficient understanding of the data protection risks and the need to report breaches.
Read the MoJ reprimand.
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