Tristan Donovan reports:
Fostering and adoption agencies are routinely putting sensitive personal information about those they work with at risk, according to an Information Commissioner’s Office report.
The ICO examined the data protection work of 10 fostering and adoption agencies in England and some several common problems in how they shared sensitive information with other agencies and internally.
It found that while most had adequate systems for restricting inappropriate staff access to sensitive records, information about looked-after children, foster carers and adopters was routinely being emailed to local authorities without encryption.
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