An employment services company working with the Legal Services Commission has been one of the first two organisations fined by the Information Commissioner under new powers to punish breaches of data protection law.

An employment services company working with the Legal Services Commission has been one of the first two organisations fined by the Information Commissioner under new powers to punish breaches of data protection law.

A4e, which employs around 3,250 staff, has contracts with two major legal aid providers in the East Midlands, the community legal advice centres in Leicester and Hull, as well as with a number of other public sector organisations.

In June, one of the company’s 1,000 home workers was burgled and a work laptop computer stolen, which contained personal details of 24,000 clients.

Earlier this week the Information Commissioner used powers granted in a 2008 amendment to the Data Protection Act 2000 for the first t...

Jean Yves

IICJ

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