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Ex-apprentice fined for Snapchatting children's personal data

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A former council worker who shared identifiable personal data about school children and their families has been fined.

Samira Bouzkraoui, 24, worked as an apprentice in the schools admissions department of Southwark LBC, and had received training in data protection.

However, Bouzkraoui, of Scovell Road, London, took a screenshot of a spreadsheet on free school meals provision and sent it to the estranged parent of one of the children, via the social media platform Snapchat.

The picture contained the names, addresses and dates of birth for 37 children, in addition to their parents’ national insurance numbers and personal information.

Bouzkraoui declined to answer any questions when she was interviewed by the Information Commissioner’s Office 

At Westminster Magistrates’ Court Bouzkraoui was fined £850 and ordered to pay £713 costs after pleading guilty to three offences under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

In a statement issued after the hearing, ICO criminal enforcement manager Mike Shaw said: “This is yet another example of how people whose jobs give them access to personal data can end up in serious trouble after allowing temptation to get the better of them.

”Parents have the right to know that their personal information, and that of their children, is being treated with respect and in accordance with the law. Anybody who ignores that right and that law has to accept the consequences.”

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