The ICO issued a £150,000 fine to Basildon Borough Council for publishing on its online planning portal a statement in support of a householder’s planning application for proposed works in a green belt. The statement contained sensitive personal data such as the family’s disability requirements, including mental health issues, the names of all the family members, their ages and the location of their home. The ICO’s investigation found that the statement was published without redacting any personal data on 16 July 2015 and was only removed on 4 September 2015. An inexperienced council officer had not noticed the sensitive information and no other officer had checked the statement for personal data before publishing it. The ICO found that Basildon Borough Council had breached the Data Protection Act 1998 for failing to provide training and to put data protection procedures in place.