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Isles of Scilly Council 'broke rules of Data Protection Act'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 17, 2013

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The Isles of Scilly Council has been told it breached data laws by sending information about the former head teacher of its only secondary school to its local MP.

The Information Commissioner has ruled that the council acted "unfairly" when it sent private information about Bryce Wilby to St Ives and the Isles of Scilly MP Andrew George.

Mr Wilby was suspended from his position at Five Islands School last spring and subsequently resigned amid allegations of financial irregularity.

The ex-head teacher has always denied any wrongdoing and is understood to be working on cases against bodies involved in his suspension and departure. It was reported yesterday that the Information Commissioner had ruled reports containing Mr Wilby's personal data were "disclosed by the council to Andrew George MP unfairly".

According to the BBC, the commissioner said the unitary council breached the Data Protection Act because the disclosures were "excessive", noting that one report was unrelated to his suspension. He added he was told by the council that the documents were sent to the MP to provide an overview, but said it was "probable that a summary or statement could have been provided to the MP, rather than disclosing information that was either confidential or irrelevant".

The reports were later destroyed by Mr George.

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