A question of construction …

Jeremy Phillips

Construction News has just reported that, following an investigation earlier this year which found that The Consulting Association held details of 3,213 construction workers and traded their personal details for profit, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served enforcement notices on 14 construction firms. Deputy information commissioner David Smith said:

“Fourteen firms paid for personal details about construction workers without those people knowing. The individuals were denied the opportunity of explaining or correcting what may have been inaccurate personal information about them, and which could have jeopardised their employment prospects in the construction industry.

We have used the maximum powers available to us and this enforcement action sends a strong signal that organisations must take the Data Protection Act seriously. Should the firms fail to adhere to the terms of the Notices they could face prosecution.”

Last month Ian Kerr, on behalf of the Consulting Association, was fined £5,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act and ordered to pay £1,187.20 costs.

Six of the companies on which the enforcement orders have been served belong to the Balfour Beatty group.

ICO Press release here.

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