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Islington Council publishes sexuality of thousands of residents online

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Islington Council in north London has published personal information, including the sexuality, of almost 2,500 residents online.

The latest mix-up happened as they responded to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on the website What Do They Know?

Town hall officers managed to leak the names, addresses, relationship status, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual preferences of 2,400 people re-housed by the council.

The highly-sensitive dossier of supremely private information was freely accessible to the public for a full 19 days…

It comes just days after the Names and addresses of 51 residents were given to suspected drug dealers on Andover Estate in Holloway in another embarrassing slip-up…

Cllr Terry Stacy, leader of Islington’s Lib Dem opposition, said: “This comes less than a week after we were reassured by the Labour leadership after supposedly thorough audits of data protection at the council that everything was OK and this couldn’t happen again.

“How wrong it seems they were. This is yet another data disaster.”

MySociety, which runs the What Do They Know? site, has published this clear and excellent statement, giving a lot more detail about the story.

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