1st March 2019

Contact details of hundreds of adoptive parents have been disclosed in an email sent by a member of staff at Kent County Council. It is understood the email was sent to approximately 300 adoptive parents and some support workers.

Kent County Council has apologised to those parents whose details were subject to the data breach. The Council is now investigating how the breach occurred.

Parents impacted by the breach are understandably very worried that this breach occurred and the implications such a breach could have including concerns that their personal information could fall into the wrong hands.

A data breach of this nature can incur severe sanctions from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) including the possibility of a fine being imposed.

The council has a record of previous data breaches including documents left in public places and emails sent in error.

At Ben Hoare Bell we specialise in the area of Civil Liberties and Human Rights and represent many clients concerning Data Protection Act 2018 breaches. We also have particular experience in representing adoptive parents impacted by data breaches.

If you believe your details were disclosed by Kent County Council and you wish to discuss a new enquiry please do not hesitate to contact Richard Hardy and Andrew Freckleton on 0191 275 2626 or by email to advice@benhoarebell.co.uk