High street banks in breach of data protection rules

| July 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

A report has been issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the independent public body launched to promote access to official information and protect personal data) and has named a number of High Street banks who have violated the data protection rules. Among those listed are NatWest and Barclays, Government departments, retailers and public bodies.

The Information Commissioner’s Office found customers’ personal details in unsecured bins outside the premises of 12 high street banks. A spokesperson said that information such as credit card and bank statements, health insurance applications and loan rejections were left discarded in bags on the street.

A warning has been sent to those at the top of organisations to respect the privacy of individuals and the integrity of the information held about them. These organisations must welcome data protection and be sure they are not the business or political leader who failed to take information rights seriously.

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