Please do not let this happen to you.

Torbay Care Trust is facing a fine of £175,000 for putting sensitive details of over 1,000 staff on the trust website. The information included not only NI numbers and details of religious beliefs but sexual orientation as well!  

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) got “cross” (again) because the trust did not have proper checks in place to stop potential problems. The blunder only came to light when members of the public spotted it 19 weeks later!

The trust now has a new web management policy!  

This case is one of a string of errors by NHS bodies and reminds us that the ICO will not hesitate to hand out hefty penalties. The level of fines and the method of calculation has been the subject of some comment and could be open to challenge. However, I suspect in many cases it is cheaper to pay up then make a fuss. Of course if you are ever faced with a fine we will be happy to take a look for you….