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'Lack of trust' over council data breaches

August 3, 2018 1:05 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Alexander Clifton-Melhuish
Responding to reports that Labour-run Southampton City Council are guilty of breaching data laws 62 times last year, Lib Dem spokesperson for Freemantle Alexander Clifton-Melhuish commented:

"It's shocking that the council could fail to treat our data with appropriate care.

"It is the council's duty to ensure the security of our personal information, and therefore the saftey of residents. If bank details, or information on vulnerable children or adults for example, fell into the wrong hands, there could be very serious consequences for the individuals concerned.

"Local residents have no choice but to trust the Council with their personal data as part of our daily lives, whether paying council tax, accessing social care or reporting a pothole. We must hold the Council to the highest level of scrutiny in the way it keeps and shares our data.

"Many already don't trust Labour to handle the delivery of basic services like pothole repair, now it seems they can't be trusted to handle our personal data."