Computer Disposal and Secure Data Destruction would suit Vince Cable being as he is in hot water again – this time because of his constituency office dumping confidential data in recycling bags. This is a ongoing problem with the Government, I mean how long ago since Oliver Letwin was dumping data in the park bins. There seems to be no concept of responsibility where the Data Protection Act is concerned. Maybe they need the same treatment that the Information Commissioner’s Office has doled out to Surrey council. They were hit with a £120,000 penalty in June this year when their staff were emailing confidential data out to the wrong people repeatedly.
The Information Commissioner’s Office is aware of the Vince Cable fiasco and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say, or what action he is going to take.
I am personally very fond of Vince Cable and I think he is a very good MP, but I think the whole data protection (or lack of) thing is a systemic problem within the higher echelons of the British Government. It really does seem to be a case of do as I say and not as I do. This particular case was not I’m assuming Vince himself but rather his staff who have become complacent. I certainly hope the rest of the MPs are reviewing their secure data destruction procedures this week.