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ICO won’t take action against leakers of New Year’s Honour recipients’ private details despite data being left online to copy for over 3 hours
The Information Commissioner has decided not to take regulatory action against those responsible for leaking addresses of the New Year’s Honour recipients.
The Tory Cabinet Office said it referred itself to the Information Commissioner following the leak and would be contacting anyone involved.
Thousands of names were on the list and it beggars belief that despite the risk this presents to those people the ICO has said it won’t be taking any regulatory action.
Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith was said to be ‘enraged‘ by his home address being available for anyone to see online. No doubt he will be concerned because he spearheaded cuts to the welfare system and many see him as being responsible for DWP deaths.
While private details of famous people such as Elton John and cricket hero Ben Stokes were made public, there is more cause for concern with those working in sensitive areas.
This is because the list also included names and addresses of senior diplomats, counter-terror police and figures from the military.
Lord Kerslake, who was head of the civil service between 2012 and 2014, said an “urgent investigation” was needed.
He told BBC Breakfast: “It is a serious and indeed extraordinary breach because this is a well-established process that has gone on in pretty much the same way for years, so I think an urgent investigation is certainly needed.”
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “A version of the New Year Honours 2020 list was published in error which contained recipients’ addresses.
“The information was removed as soon as possible”
Originally those responsible said it was only online for a few minutes, but it was actually accessible for over 3 hours. It could have been duplicated countless times and even sold on the black market. Indeed the removal at source does not stop its continued duplication.
Here is a copy of ICO’s ‘investigation‘.
Iain Duncan Smith has complained about “democracy-hating thugs” spraying messages on the door of his local Tory HQ. The slogan “Tory cuts kill” was scrolled across his door and “Tories out” was sprayed on his window.
This happened as a video emerged of Tory chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, admitting that most Tory MPs do not care about the NHS. To make matters worse a collective of NHS doctors and nurses also released a video stating there have been 120,000 avoidable deaths under the Conservative austerity measures. They went on to ask the public not to vote them in again. We have combined both videos for you to watch below.
Of course since Iain Duncan Smith was formerly in charge of the DWP it could well be that the vandals were referring to those ‘fit to work’ deaths associated with his department.
He has called for opposition candidates to condemn the “intimidation and criminal behaviour” and added that it would not stop his team from campaigning.
What do you make of the photo appearing to show Iain Duncan Smith donating to a foodbank? Is it guilt, denial or is he following the instructions of his party? Maybe it’s all three.
This is the same man who previously accused the Trussell Trust of scaremongering.
It wouldn’t surprise us if he simply put these items on expenses and charged them to the taxpayer.
Iain Duncan Smith had nearly six years to make a positive difference when he was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 12th May 2010 to 18th March 2016. He made things far worse for the taxpayer and for those on benefits.
Now he has apparently chosen to take part in this cheap, sick publicity stunt.
Whichever way you look at it there is no getting away from the fact foodbank use has increased dramatically since the Tories took power in 2010. With every year the Tories are in charge, more and more people in the UK are driven to poverty.
Look how bad things are as of 2017-2018…
Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, a 13% increase on the previous year. 484,026 of these went to children. This is a higher increase than the previous financial year, where foodbank use was up by 6%. Source.
The longer Tories are in power the more proof will be gathered that their policies are to blame for mass UK poverty. They should be ashamed of themselves.
For those of you unfortunate enough to have loved ones or friends who died a DWP related death from 2010 onwards chances are this man had a hand in it.
For instance friends and loved ones of former sheep farmer Nick Barker, former Government scientist Robert Barlow, former soldier David Clapson, Brian McArdle, Tim Salter, Elenore Tatton and so many more.
When there’s money to be made it seems they just can’t help themselves. If we can’t trust them with the NHS how are we expected to trust them with the UK? Here they are in alphabetical order by surname.
Harriett Baldwin was former executive at JP Morgan, a major player in private healthcare.Quester VCT 5 plc, a venture capital firm with multiple investments in healthcare companies.
Gregory Barker held shares in Quester VCT 5 plc, a venture capital firm with multiple investments in healthcare companies.
Henry Bellingham was director of Lansdowne Advisory Ltd, which has shares in private healthcare company Circle.
Jake Berry has interests in legal firm Squire Patton Boggs, which worked with multiple NHS trusts on PFI and PPP programs.
Graham Brady was advisor to PA Consulting, a management consultancy company which has worked with the NHS’s new Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Andrew Bridgen is non-executive chairman of fresh vegetable distributor company AB produce PLC. The company is listed on the NHS supply chain. In June 2011, Mr Bridgen claimed critics of the NHS reforms were made up of ‘Stalinist protectionist elements.’
Steve Brine accepted nearly £15,000 in donations from James Lupton, the chairman of investment bankers, Greenhill Europe which has a global network of corporate relationships in the healthcare sector.
Aidan Burley accepted six bottles of wine from Hitachi consultants for a speech in 2011. Hitachi Consulting UK built an online ‘portal’ for NHS commissioners to help them monitor performance.
Simon Burns attended an oncology conference paid for by Aventis Pharma – a five-day trip to the US funded by a leading drug firm.
Nick de Bois was majority shareholder in Rapier Design Group, an events management company heavily involved with the private medical and pharmaceutical industries.
David Cameron handed a peerage to nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat, who has given the Tories more than £200,000 in donations.
Damian Collins spent almost a decade working for marketing agency M&C Saatchi, whose clients include PPP healthcare, AXA insurance, Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck.
David Davis accepted £4,250 for a six-hour speaking engagement for private health insurance company Aviva.
Jonathan Djanogly accepted £1,900 from Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, which manufactures medical and orthopaedic equipment and instruments.
Richard Drax accepted £14,000 in a series of donations from Derek Luckhurst, chief executive and owner of care home group Agincare.
Iain Duncan-Smith has shares in hygiene technology company Byotrol plc, which sells products to the NHS.
Philip Dunne was a non-executive director for investment firm Baronsmead VCT 4 plc, which had multiple investments in private healthcare companies.
Michael Fallon was director of Attendo AB, a Swedish private health company.
Mark Field was board advisor to Ellwood and Atfield, a recruitment firm which recruit for NHS positions and private healthcare.
Liam Fox accepted £5,000 from investment company IPGL Ltd, who purchased healthcare pharma company Cyprotex.
George Freeman has shares in Hill House Assets Ltd, formally private health firm 4D Biomedical Ltd.
Mike Freer provided marketing advice to Care Matters, a financial planning company for care homes.
Richard Fuller worked for L.E.K consulting, which has six ‘partners’ in European healthcare.
Dominic Grieve has shares in Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Astrazeneca, Standard Chartered (Health insurance).
William Hague accepted £20,000 donation from MMC Ventures, which parts owns The Practice plc which runs 60 GP surgeries.
Philip Hammond is beneficiary of a trust which owns a controlling interest in healthcare and nursing home developer Castlemead Ltd.
Jeremy Hunt accepted £32,920 from hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in healthcare firms.
Margot James had a key role at marketing giant WPP Group, which had a long list of healthcare clients.
Mark Lancaster old adviser to property venture capital firm Company Palmer Capital Partners Ltd, a funder of Danescroft Commercial Developments, which has worked in the healthcare sector.
Andrew Lansley accepted £21,000 in Nov 2009 from John Nash, the former chairman of Care UK.
Oliver Letwin was a non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd, which invests heavily in healthcare.
Peter Lilley is non-Executive director of management software firm Idox plc, which provides services to the NHS Health Libraries Group and NHS Education for Scotland.
Tim Loughton accepted £350 for sessions with Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry.
Mary MacLeod was a senior executive at Andersen Consulting/Accenture, which has profited from big PFI deals.
Francis Maude was a director of PR firm Huntsworth plc, which was part of lobbying group Healthcare Communications Association.
Patrick Mercer is adviser to Premier Composites Ltd, who design and build ‘healthcare pods’ for some private healthcare buildings, including a care home in Scotland and a mental health lodge in Preston.
Maria Miller was director of Grey’s Advertising Ltd, an advertising and brand company which worked extensively with clients in the healthcare sector.
Andrew Mitchell was a strategy adviser to global management firm Accenture, which has worked extensively with private healthcare companies and the NHS.
Penny Mordaunt had worked for lobbying firm Hanover, where she had a range of healthcare clients.
Brooks Newmark is partner in the Allele Fund, which invests in healthcare startups.
Jesse Norman accepted £5,000 from Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
Stephen O’Brien accepted £40,000 from Julian Schild, whose family made £184 million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.
George Osborne accepted donation through Conservative Campaign Headquarters from Julian Schild
Richard Ottaway visited the USA to attend seminars and meetings with elected US officials and policy forums. His return flight and accommodation were financed by Atlantic Bridge and registered 4 years late on 20th October 2011.
Priti Patel worked for lobbying firm Weber Shandwick, which does PR for big healthcare and pharmaceutical firms.
John Redwood advised the private equity company which runs Pharmacy2u, the UK’s largest dedicated internet and mail order pharmacy.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is partner of Somerset Capital Management LLP, which has healthcare investor Redwood Emerging Markets Dividend Income Fund as a client.
Malcolm Rifkind is Chairman of advisory board at L.E.K. Consulting LLP, which helps private healthcare firms identify “new business development” and “opportunities with the Government”.
David Ruffley accepted £10,000 in donations from Caroline Nash, wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash.
Mark Simmonds accepted £50,000 per year as a “strategic adviser” to Circle Health.
Chris Skidmore accepted £3,500 for speeches to STAC Consultancy, which specialises in the launch of pharmaceutical products.
Nicholas Soames accepted £2,000 from Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
Andrew Tyrie attended the Ryder Cup as Secretary of the Parliamentary Golf Society, with travel and accommodation paid for by U.S. healthcare services company Humana Europe. This is the man who said he wants fracking but not in his back yard.
David Willetts has shares in Sensortec, a company that owns Vantix which was working on a contract for a new product to detect MRSI.
Rob Wilson had shares in Vital Imaging, a private screening company.
Nadhim Zahawi is non-executive director of recruitment company SThree, which specialises in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector.
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