In the first case the LGO recommended the paltry sum of £300 (per complainant) as compensation for a Data Protection breach, however, because councils can, and often do as this case proves, ignore the recommendations of the Local Government Ombudsman the complainants had to take further court action against the council to secure the paltry remedy suggested by the LGO. The LGO can't fine a council and even if they could it is doubtful they would.
In the second case the ICO fined Hertfordshire County Council £100,000 for just two breaches of the DPA.
- Which council will be reluctant to breach the Data Protection Act in the future, Basildon or Hertfordshire?
- Which watchdog would you complain to under these circumstances?
- Which watchdog looks like they have no credibility?
- Which watchdog should be scrapped to save taxpayers over £15million per year?