A BUNGLING council sent details of “thousands”of vulnerable people, including children in care, to taxi firms by MISTAKE – potentially putting them at risk.
Leicester City Council accidentally sent the spreadsheet to 27 companies on Tuesday morning – but it took them 24 hours to send a recall email warning those who received the email not to open it.
Alamy The data protection breach could put thousands of vulnerable people at risk
The spreadsheet was sent whilst the council were getting tenders to transport children in care or people with special needs.
Councillor Ross Grant was only alerted to the error when one of the taxi firms told him – and says the news made him feel “sick in my stomach.”
He said: “We are talking children the court has taken action to protect from someone who would put them at risk and the council is potentially the organisation leaking their address.
“There is no guarantee this has not been copied and spread, we cannot put the genie back in the bottle.”
UPP:Universal Pictorial Press and Agency Councillor Ross Grant says there is no guarantee the sensitive information has not been copied or spread Getty – Contributor The spreadsheet was sent to 27 taxi firms – and only recalled a day later
A Leicester taxi firm owner told the Leicester Mercury that the department who sent out the spreadsheet holds information about vulnerable children including their addresses and medical conditions.
In the recall email, the council warned that anyone disclosing the contents of the spreadsheet, or forwarding it to someone else, would be in breach of the Data Protection Act.