Council not responsible for confidential voter information being published on web (From This Is Local London)
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Epsom Council not responsible for confidential voter information being published on web
Epsom Council has said that it was not responsible for confidential information relating to postal and proxy voters being published on the internet by a third party.
The Epsom Guardian was contacted by a worried resident on Friday, September 20, informing the newspaper that the information - names and addresses of absent voters for the Epsom West county council seat for the county council election in May this year - had appeared in search engine Google.
A council spokesman said that the information was not published by Epsom Council, or with its knowledge, but that it had discovered that the data had been "inadvertently stored on an insecure server by an election agent".
He said: "We contacted the person responsible for the website, and asked for the information to be removed - this has been done.
"We have also taken other steps to reduce the risk that this information will remain published elsewhere.
"We are satisfied that the information was originally provided in accordance with electoral law.
"We are required by law to provide certain information to candidates and political parties on request.
"We inform all those who are entitled to receive electoral information of their responsibilities to ensure that the information is not misused, and we are disappointed that something has clearly gone wrong in this case."
He added: "The council will be reminding councillors and their agents on their responsibilities under the data protection act to ensure this situation does not re-occur."
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