Croydon Council has become the latest to receive the wrath of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) after being given a £100,000 fine for losing sensitive data.
The council was handed the fine after a bag containing information covering the case of an victim in a child sex abuse case went missing in a pub.
An investigation concluded that that although there had been training on data protection for staff there had not been any steps taken to ensure that information was being read and understood by council workers.
"We appreciate that people working in roles where they handle sensitive information will - like all of us - sometimes have their bags stolen. However, this highly personal information needn't have been compromised at all if Croydon Council had appropriate security measures in place," says Stephen Eckersley, head of enforcement at ICO.
According to reports, Croydon council is considering an appeal against the fine which it believes is too high.