Personnel files found dumped in industrial estate
Published 29/10/2011 | 05:00
FILES containing confidential information on private security staff were discovered in a box left unattended in an industrial estate.
An investigation by the Data Protection Agency (DPA) is now under way into the discovery of files at Frankfield Industrial Estate in Cork.
The files were removed by Cork County Council officials yesterday -- and the DPA is now going to contact the private training agency involved.
The Irish Independent understands that personal details on up to 30 individuals were involved, including passport data, home addresses and telephone numbers.
The individuals affected had all signed up for a private security training course.
The company was identified on some of the documentation recovered as Archangel Ltd.
A spokesman for the firm could not be contacted yesterday.
The company is not based in Frankfield and it remains unclear how the documents were placed at the site.
The unattended box was spotted by a walker who raised the alarm.
The box was unlocked and a number of files had been strewn across the ground by the recent high winds.
The documents also contained data on the Security Institute of Ireland (SII).
None of the files are understood to have been the property of SII, which is a leading certification body for the industry.
Last night, the DPA confirmed it was liaising with Cork County Council over the matter.
The council was alerted to the matter as it is the agency responsible for dealing with pollution or littering issues.
"First we have to get the files off the street and have them removed from an illegal dumping perspective. We will be in contact with Cork County Council and will investigate from there," a DPA spokesman said.