Privacy rights campaigners are demanding that UK council staff face prosecution after an investigation revealed government employees stole, lost or inappropriately accessed citizens’ sensitive material over 4,000 times.
A study by Big Brother Watch, published on Tuesday, revealed councils recorded 4,236 data breaches over a three-year period from April 2011 to April 2014 – a rate of nearly four a day.
In one case, sensitive information about children and sex offenders was left on a train, while in another an employee at Thanet Council in Kent was fired after accessing benefit claim records “inappropriately.”
The privacy watchdog criticized councils for their “shockingly lax attitudes to protecting confidential information.”
Researchers at the campaign group based their study on a slew of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests sent to all local authorities in the UK.
They discovered that fewer than one in 10 council workers were punished for privacy breaches, while staff resigned in 39 cases and 50 employees were dismissed.
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Former Labour peer Lord Janner could avoid attending court to face child sex abuse charges – after his lawyers claimed it would breach his human rights.
The 87-year-old ex-MP was last week ordered to appear in court to answer 22 allegations of sexual abuse against nine boys and men between 1963 and 1988.
A brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court has been scheduled for this Friday.
But Lord Janner’s legal team has asked the High Court to overturn the ruling that he must attend in person – insisting he is too ill and it would cause him ‘considerable stress and harm’.
The former MP for Leicester West – who served 27 years in Parliament from 1970 – denies any wrongdoing and his family insist he is ‘entirely innocent’.
Unless the High Court reverses the original decision Janner will be required to attend court in person.
A warrant could be issued for his arrest if he loses his appeal and fails to show up.
Janner was not required to attend court today, but his barrister Paul Ozin said lawyers are challenging the decision as unlawful in the High Court.
‘Given his family will have to take steps which would cause Lord Janner considerable stress and harm and we would say that there is a violation of his Article 8 rights because his own family are caused the onerous task of inflicting what they regard, and perhaps rightly, unduly foreseeable and unnecessary harm to Lord Janner,’ he said.
In 1825, a mysterious double edged sword containing a cryptic code was found in the River Witham near Lincoln in England. The 13th century sword contains an enigmatic 18-letter message running down the center of the blade, and cryptographers and linguists have been unable to crack it. The British Library is now appealing to the public for help in solving this 800 year old mystery.
The sword, which is currently on display at the British Library as part of the Magna Carta exhibition.
The 18-letter message reads: NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI.
By Rowena Mason – Guardian
“I’m calling on the prime minister to agree with President [François] Hollande for the UNHCR to be brought in to register those people camping out at Calais, and go through a proper process of managing asylum applicants.”
or – set up camps?
use military force?
French police say time to ‘bring in British Army’ to Calais to tackle illegal immigrants
With thanks to TheresaMay tweeter for the headline