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UK – Nearly 7,500 CVs visible on recruitment website

18 July 2013

A recruitment firm has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for leaving the details of nearly 7,500 CVs unsecured on its public website, according to V3.co.uk.

The site, Janetpage.com, a recruitment hub for the care industry, and the ICO were alerted to the fact that the supposedly secure website for firms seeking staff – where 7,435 CVs were stored – was completely open to anyone visiting the website.

"At the time of the incident, the data controller believed that the section of the website, in which the CVs were stored, had been hacked by an individual seeking work. However, the data controller has been unable to provide any technical evidence to support this assumption," said Janetpage.com in a statement.

In its report on the issue, the ICO said those running the website staff lacked the technical know-how to install such a system and were not trained on data protection measures.

“The data controller failed to ensure appropriate technical security measures were in place to provide an adequate level of protection. In the Commissioner’s view, this demonstrates a lack of data protection awareness with regards to technical security matters. Furthermore, the Commissioner’s investigation revealed that the data controller did not have sufficient data protection training, and that its information security policy and procedures were lacking,” said the ICO in a statement.

The firm has now signed an undertaking agreeing to stronger data protection measures including better website security and improved training for staff on data protection issues. An ICO spokesperson said the case underlined the importance of ensuring any data passed on by members of the public is kept secure.
“The candidates who sent their CVs into the Janet Page website were told that the information would only be shared with employers looking to recruit new staff. This did not happen and the website owner has now agreed to review their current practices to make sure that candidates’ information is kept secure,” said the ICO. 


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