The Information Commissioner's Office announced on 10 October 2012 that it had fined the charity Norwood Ravenswood Ltd £70,000 for a breach of data protection rules.

A social worker who worked at Norwood Ravenswood Ltd left documents containing highly sensitive information about four young children outside the home of prospective adoptive parents in London as the couple were not at home. When the couple returned the documents were gone and have not since been recovered.

Victoria Ehmann of our Charity and Social Business Team considers the case.

ICO issues its first fine to a charity for data protection breach - December 2012.pdf