Welsh Police Force Fined £160,000 after Losing Sensitive Video Interview


John Leyden reports on the Register website that South Wales Police have been fined £160,000 for losing DVDs of an interview with a sex abuse victim and not reporting the loss for nearly two years.

The unencrypted DVDs were left in a desk drawer and the loss was discovered after an office move in October 2011.  It emerged during the investigation that South Wales Police had no specific force-wide policy for the safe storage of victim and witness interviews.

Commenting on the case Anne Jones, ICO Assistant Commissioner for Wales said:

“Without any doubt we would expect a professional police force, in a position of trust, dealing with this type of highly sensitive information from victims and witnesses on a daily basis, to have robust procedures to keep track of the personal data in their care.”