The council’s error, which is anticipated to lead to a wonderful, has been revealed on social media by the Central Bedfordshire particular academic wants and disabilities (SEND) motion group.
It stated in a Facebook publish: “This afternoon we received a Freedom of Information (FOI) response from CBC which included the full names of dozens of SEND children, along with information about whether they have a school place for September 2022.
“Having alerted CBC and the Information Commissioner, we waited for the small print to be taken off a public web site earlier than publishing this publish.
CBC headquarters, Chicksands. Image: Google.
“The list has, of course, been deleted from our own computer and we’ve taken all appropriate action as advised. But having been available on a public website, it could have been downloaded by anyone.
“CBC has instigated the suitable protocols for severe data safety breaches and requested that anybody who downloaded the doc delete it instantly.”
Independent Bigggleswade South councillor Hayley Whitaker posted in response: “This is a really surprising data breach, a brand new low for CBC.”
Labour Parkside councillor Antonia Ryan was also critical of the local authority, saying: “Absolutely appalling, particularly after the years of negligence CBC has proven these households.”
Dunstable parent Amy Ivins said: “Nothing surprises me any extra. It’s not the primary time, is it?
“Wasn’t there something in an agenda pack about a year ago listing children on pupil premium?”
Another native SEND father or mother Lisa Therkildsen requested: “Is this for real? Is there anything else they can do to keep bashing SEND families? I hope parents have been contacted to let them know.
“It appears like the standard ‘contact us’ garbage, whereas hoping that no person will discover.”
One former Bedfordshire resident Emma Peck described her relief at relocating: “Thank goodness we moved out of the county!”
Independent Aspley and Woburn councillor John Baker said on social media: “Not solely did this put the youngsters in danger, however it’s prone to lead to a big wonderful for the council.”
The data protection breach happened after a parent asked CBC to provide the number of SEND children without school places for September, according to councillor Baker.
“Council officers then managed to publish a listing of the names of all of the SEND youngsters on a public web site … whatdotheyknow.com.”
Anyone with concerns about their child’s data being available online should contact CBC’s director of children’s services Sarah-Jane Smedmor or chief executive Marcel Coiffait by email, according to the action group.
A council spokesman, said: “CBC takes its accountability of taking care of folks’s private data extraordinarily severely and our workers obtain common coaching round defending private and delicate info.
“Regrettably we were made aware of data being accidentally released to a public website on Monday (May 9th) afternoon. But our officers worked swiftly to get the information removed.
“We’re extraordinarily sorry to all of these affected and we’re within the means of contacting the households to apologise straight. We’ve reported the incident to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and can work positively with that impartial authority.
“Changes have been made to our procedures already in response to this incident and we’ll quickly act on any feedback from the ICO to make our data protection systems even more robust.”
SOURCE: Central Bedfordshire SEND motion group social media publish, responses by SEND mother and father and CBC councillors, and Central Bedfordshire Council response.