‘Failure’ of kids’ charity

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A SHEFFIELD children’s charity breached data protection legislation by failing to encrypt computers which contained personal information about the young people they work with.

The Information Commissioner’s Office ruled that Asperger’s Children and Carers Together had failed to enforce the act after a charity laptop was stolen.

The computer, containing personal data relating to 80 children who attended its sessions, was taken from an employee’s home last December. It was being used to store information about medication as well as youngsters’ names, addresses and dates of birth. Sally-Anne Poole, acting head of enforcement, said she was pleased to hear the charity was taking action to protect all portable devices being used to store sensitive information.