Bournemouth opposition councillor accused of security breach referred to Standards Committee

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AN opposition councillor accused of breaching the Data Protection Act has now been referred to the Standards Committee.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Roger West will continue to be without email and internet access while his conduct is investigated further.

At a meeting of Bournemouth’s Audit and Governance Committee, councillors gave their backing to the officer who suspended Cllr West’s internet access, saying the action was “appropriate and necessary”.

The council claims Cllr West committed two information security breaches – one by forwarding on a confidential internal email sent to all councillors about a member of the public who had been deemed a “vexatious complainant” and one when he circulated personnel information of a confidential nature relating to two senior managers.

Cllr West did not make any comment at the meeting but circulated a 12-page statement that was considered without the press and public present.

He told the Echo he wanted get his internet and email access reinstated. “This is depriving me of being an efficient, challenging councillor,” he said.

“It’s hindering not only my ward work as a ward councillors but also as a spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, who represent a very large amount of people in the town. Many people think that this is a personal thing because I am the only councillor aggressively challenging this present administration.”

The Audit and Governance committee also considered a breach made by a council officer, who inadvertently released 673 private email addresses.

They were told the Information Commissioner was satisfied the council had taken the appropriate action to correct this mistake.

Tanya Coulter, legal and democratic service director, said: “In the matter of the two breaches involving Councillor West, the committee acknowledged that the action taken by the SIRO (Senior Information Risk Officer) was appropriate and necessary, and in light of the serious risks caused to the council as a result of the breaches the committee referred the matter to the Standards Committee for it to consider and take such action as it may deem to be appropriate.”

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1:28pm Wed 18 Dec 13

EddieVH says...

Ask yourselves, who is being protected from what by Cllr West being deprived of the use of his official email account?

Do Bournemouth council-tax payers sleep more soundly in their beds?

Or are the corrupt vested interests at the heart of Bournemouth council simply doing all they can to delay the inevitable exposure of their shameful deeds?
Ask yourselves, who is being protected from what by Cllr West being deprived of the use of his official email account? Do Bournemouth council-tax payers sleep more soundly in their beds? Or are the corrupt vested interests at the heart of Bournemouth council simply doing all they can to delay the inevitable exposure of their shameful deeds? EddieVH

1:37pm Wed 18 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

EddieVH wrote:
Ask yourselves, who is being protected from what by Cllr West being deprived of the use of his official email account?

Do Bournemouth council-tax payers sleep more soundly in their beds?

Or are the corrupt vested interests at the heart of Bournemouth council simply doing all they can to delay the inevitable exposure of their shameful deeds?
'all they can to delay...' that sounds about right and for once what they are doing is completely transparent!

Tick-tock, tick-tock...........
......
[quote][p][bold]EddieVH[/bold] wrote: Ask yourselves, who is being protected from what by Cllr West being deprived of the use of his official email account? Do Bournemouth council-tax payers sleep more soundly in their beds? Or are the corrupt vested interests at the heart of Bournemouth council simply doing all they can to delay the inevitable exposure of their shameful deeds?[/p][/quote]'all they can to delay...' that sounds about right and for once what they are doing is completely transparent! Tick-tock, tick-tock........... ...... muscliffman

3:10pm Wed 18 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

"statement was considered without the press and public present."
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Under Beesley's dictatorial leadership Bournemouth Council has become more secretive with more decisions being made behind closed doors. Just what have they got to hide ?
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As the saying goes - Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
"statement was considered without the press and public present." . Under Beesley's dictatorial leadership Bournemouth Council has become more secretive with more decisions being made behind closed doors. Just what have they got to hide ? . As the saying goes - Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. BmthNewshound

4:34pm Wed 18 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

The email was not marked 'Confidential' so why has he and his consituents been denied access for communication..

His constituents should have a say in whether his internet access should be denied.And some have and the response was feeble from the weasel.This administration should understand that they work for us and not the other way around.

I know why ? As cllr West is getting near to the truth of this 'rag, tag bobble of an administration.

Analogue councillors living in a digital age.Switched off and hopefully in 2015 kicked out.

Its a sad indictment of this council that they worry more about a breach a data and after the tragic event recently not one of them has spoken with any compassion on how saddened the town is.

Out of touch and out of office soon.
The email was not marked 'Confidential' so why has he and his consituents been denied access for communication.. His constituents should have a say in whether his internet access should be denied.And some have and the response was feeble from the weasel.This administration should understand that they work for us and not the other way around. I know why ? As cllr West is getting near to the truth of this 'rag, tag bobble of an administration. Analogue councillors living in a digital age.Switched off and hopefully in 2015 kicked out. Its a sad indictment of this council that they worry more about a breach a data and after the tragic event recently not one of them has spoken with any compassion on how saddened the town is. Out of touch and out of office soon. politicaltrainspotter

5:01pm Wed 18 Dec 13

rozmister says...

politicaltrainspotte
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The email was not marked 'Confidential' so why has he and his consituents been denied access for communication.. His constituents should have a say in whether his internet access should be denied.And some have and the response was feeble from the weasel.This administration should understand that they work for us and not the other way around. I know why ? As cllr West is getting near to the truth of this 'rag, tag bobble of an administration. Analogue councillors living in a digital age.Switched off and hopefully in 2015 kicked out. Its a sad indictment of this council that they worry more about a breach a data and after the tragic event recently not one of them has spoken with any compassion on how saddened the town is. Out of touch and out of office soon.
Every piece of data that is protected under the data protection act is not marked Confidential that's why all staff & Councillors at the council have training in data protection and handling sensitive data; I would assume that would include Cllr. Roger West.

I'd imagine the reason the Council have cut off his email access is because they can be fined as an organisation for a breach of data protection. You're all cheering him on now but if they continued to let him send and receive emails after this and he incurred a fine for his behaviour you'd all be up in arms about the waste of council tax.

Data breaches are not optional, the legislation around them is extremely cleart and the fines if it's not followed are hefty. That's not a local authority level choice that's central government policy.
[quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: The email was not marked 'Confidential' so why has he and his consituents been denied access for communication.. His constituents should have a say in whether his internet access should be denied.And some have and the response was feeble from the weasel.This administration should understand that they work for us and not the other way around. I know why ? As cllr West is getting near to the truth of this 'rag, tag bobble of an administration. Analogue councillors living in a digital age.Switched off and hopefully in 2015 kicked out. Its a sad indictment of this council that they worry more about a breach a data and after the tragic event recently not one of them has spoken with any compassion on how saddened the town is. Out of touch and out of office soon.[/p][/quote]Every piece of data that is protected under the data protection act is not marked Confidential that's why all staff & Councillors at the council have training in data protection and handling sensitive data; I would assume that would include Cllr. Roger West. I'd imagine the reason the Council have cut off his email access is because they can be fined as an organisation for a breach of data protection. You're all cheering him on now but if they continued to let him send and receive emails after this and he incurred a fine for his behaviour you'd all be up in arms about the waste of council tax. Data breaches are not optional, the legislation around them is extremely cleart and the fines if it's not followed are hefty. That's not a local authority level choice that's central government policy. rozmister

5:54pm Wed 18 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

rozmister wrote:
politicaltrainspotte r wrote: The email was not marked 'Confidential' so why has he and his consituents been denied access for communication.. His constituents should have a say in whether his internet access should be denied.And some have and the response was feeble from the weasel.This administration should understand that they work for us and not the other way around. I know why ? As cllr West is getting near to the truth of this 'rag, tag bobble of an administration. Analogue councillors living in a digital age.Switched off and hopefully in 2015 kicked out. Its a sad indictment of this council that they worry more about a breach a data and after the tragic event recently not one of them has spoken with any compassion on how saddened the town is. Out of touch and out of office soon.
Every piece of data that is protected under the data protection act is not marked Confidential that's why all staff & Councillors at the council have training in data protection and handling sensitive data; I would assume that would include Cllr. Roger West. I'd imagine the reason the Council have cut off his email access is because they can be fined as an organisation for a breach of data protection. You're all cheering him on now but if they continued to let him send and receive emails after this and he incurred a fine for his behaviour you'd all be up in arms about the waste of council tax. Data breaches are not optional, the legislation around them is extremely cleart and the fines if it's not followed are hefty. That's not a local authority level choice that's central government policy.
The Data protection Act is an enabler.You should of watched BBC news and the official who overseas the act.

Anyway, i think the Police and Crime Commisioner will be adding to our council tax or have you not seen the story ?
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: The email was not marked 'Confidential' so why has he and his consituents been denied access for communication.. His constituents should have a say in whether his internet access should be denied.And some have and the response was feeble from the weasel.This administration should understand that they work for us and not the other way around. I know why ? As cllr West is getting near to the truth of this 'rag, tag bobble of an administration. Analogue councillors living in a digital age.Switched off and hopefully in 2015 kicked out. Its a sad indictment of this council that they worry more about a breach a data and after the tragic event recently not one of them has spoken with any compassion on how saddened the town is. Out of touch and out of office soon.[/p][/quote]Every piece of data that is protected under the data protection act is not marked Confidential that's why all staff & Councillors at the council have training in data protection and handling sensitive data; I would assume that would include Cllr. Roger West. I'd imagine the reason the Council have cut off his email access is because they can be fined as an organisation for a breach of data protection. You're all cheering him on now but if they continued to let him send and receive emails after this and he incurred a fine for his behaviour you'd all be up in arms about the waste of council tax. Data breaches are not optional, the legislation around them is extremely cleart and the fines if it's not followed are hefty. That's not a local authority level choice that's central government policy.[/p][/quote]The Data protection Act is an enabler.You should of watched BBC news and the official who overseas the act. Anyway, i think the Police and Crime Commisioner will be adding to our council tax or have you not seen the story ? politicaltrainspotter

7:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

UrbanCrab says...

Surely to label someone "a vexatious complainant " and distribute his details around to all and sundry is itself a breach of privacy by the council themselves. I understand that this person is leading an anti-corruption campaign against the council and is revealing corrupt practices that the council are engaging in and embracing. The Council are merely using these powers to try to prevent the truth that they are trying to conceal from getting out. The truth will out whatever you do Mr Beesley!!
Surely to label someone "a vexatious complainant " and distribute his details around to all and sundry is itself a breach of privacy by the council themselves. I understand that this person is leading an anti-corruption campaign against the council and is revealing corrupt practices that the council are engaging in and embracing. The Council are merely using these powers to try to prevent the truth that they are trying to conceal from getting out. The truth will out whatever you do Mr Beesley!! UrbanCrab

9:10pm Wed 18 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

Melanie, your reporting of this saga is atrocious. Please stick your head above the parapet for once and dismantle the arguments of these f""rtsucking town hall types with a few bits of truth. Thanks.
Melanie, your reporting of this saga is atrocious. Please stick your head above the parapet for once and dismantle the arguments of these f""rtsucking town hall types with a few bits of truth. Thanks. whataboutthat

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