computer previously owned by Southend Borough Council
containing case notes on vulnerable children has been purchased on eBay for
The case notes in around 1,000 files covered children across Essex
and detailed fostering and adoption histories. Some files also contained
details of sexual abuse.
The computer was purchased by an eBay buyer in Surrey,
reports the BBC.
The council told the BBC that it has
set up an inquiry into the data breach, which came after the computer was
offloaded by the council as part of a recycling scheme.
The council told the BBC it was now
reviewing its recycling contract with a company in Essex.
The computer is now in the hands of the police, after being handed over
by the eBay buyer, and the council has set up a helpline for those potentially
affected by the data breach.