Impact have picked up the news that Liverpool City Council have had the honour of being the fist organisation prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s office for failure to comply with an Information Notice.
Under section 47 of the Data Protection Act it is a criminal offence to fail to comply with an information notice.
There are several shocking things about this case, one was the totally contempt shown by the council to both Data Protection law and to the Information Commissioner’s Office in particular. The Judge called was understating things when he said the council had shown an ‘appalling breakdown of communication’ and ‘a clear lack of compliance’ with the Data Protection Act 1998.
The Council had ignore phone calls, letters, registered letters delivered to the Council’s Chief Exec, and another Information Notice, in addition to the one issued in this case. And after all that they get fined a whole £300. If you really want to know how seriously we take data protection law in the UK this case demonstrates it well. Ignore at your peril, you might get fined £300. You’re scared already, I can tell.