The Register reports:
Staff at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were disciplined a total of 992 times for unlawfully or inappropriately accessing individuals’ social security records between April 2011 and January this year.
The figures were obtained following a freedom of information (FOI) request to DWP by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.
Last week Dispatches reported on the ‘blagging’ of personal data by private detectives and reported on the number of data offences recorded by DWP.
The FOI figures also revealed that in the past year the Department of Health had recorded 158 instances of unlawful accessing of medical records, according to a report by the Daily Telegraph. DoH said not every such instance is recorded though.