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Recruitment firm reprimanded after 7,500 CVs left unsecured on it's website

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A recruitment firm has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for leaving the details of nearly 7,500 CVs on its database unsecured on its public website.

The site, Janetpage.com, is a hub for those in the care industry, and the ICO was 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.
The company was unaware of this error and when alerted to it said it may have been caused by a hack on its system, although no evidence was able to support this.
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 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.

Adapted from V3.co.uk website article 17th July 2013

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