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Sensitive personal details a challenge for LPAs to identify

Date: 9/6/2017

Planning magazine reports that earlier this month, Basildon Council was hit with a £150,000 fine by the information commissioner after the authority inadvertently published a statement containing sensitive personal details in online planning documents on its website.

Planning Officers Society Chair Mike Kiely said the risks of such breaches occurring depended on the type of information involved. "The personal information on the planning application form is routinely dealt with via the functionality of the national standard 1App form," he said.

"Supporting information is more of a challenge. Where an applicant has clearly indicated that supporting information is personal and should be kept confidential, councils will usually pick this up, but where such information is buried within a document that deals with other non-confidential matters, it is difficult for councils to deal with that."

MikeKiely3web.jpg Mike Kiely

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