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Council sorry for losing personal details

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A county council has apologised after losing the personal information of more than 70 children during a trip.

The 73 young people’s passport numbers, names and addresses were left in a ferry toilet during an East Sussex Youth Orchestra trip to Italy, organised by East Sussex CC’s music service.

A council spokesperson said the council had written to those affected to apologise for the error, and had notified the relevant authorities in an attempt to prevent the information from being misused.

She said: “The county council has formal procedures and guidance in place on how to transport confidential or sensitive information and we will be looking very closely at this incident to see if or how it could have been prevented.

“We will then assess whether our procedures, which are in line with national guidance, need to be reviewed.”

An Information Commissioner’s Office spokesman said: “Organisations that process personal information need to ensure it’s stored and processed securely as part of the Data Protection Act.

“It’s quite important adequate safeguards are in place to stop data falling into the wrong hands.”

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