The organisation which closed Hull’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau against huge local opposition has lost the details of 24,000 people.
Action For Employment (A4e), best known for harrassing welfare claimants and immigrants, bidded against Citizen’s Advice to provide Legal Help at their new ‘Community Legal Advice Centre’ (CLAC) in Hull.
These centres are just like Citizen’s Advice Bureaus except Emma Harrison and her cronies get a cut of the cash that Local Authorities grant them. The bid was successful and Hull’s Citizen’s Advice Centre closed. Pimms all round then.
Users of the new centre in Hull (and Leicester) have had personal details stolen including names, postcodes, dates of birth and any possible awards made by a court after an employee’s laptop was nicked in a domestic burglary.
It seem that A4e staff like to take their work home with them.
Principle 7 of the Data Protection Act states: Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss, destruction or damage to personal data.
Which we reckon doesn’t include letting employees wander round with the details of 34,000 people left lying on their laptops.
A4e have set up a helpline for people concerned about the data theft. It’s freephone so why not ring them and tell them what you think on 0808 156 6460.