The leader of Luton Borough Council accidentally emailed a resident’s personal details to another member of the public from her iPhone on Tuesday.
The mistake was made when Councillor Hazel Simmons was responding to a different resident’s email.
An earlier email containing information such as the name, age, address, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief and disability status of a Luton man was at the bottom of the email Councillor Simmons sent out.
Stephanie Stiff, one of the people who saw the email, said: “Don’t have the colour of his eyes though. It does make you wonder how this is still happening and how safe our data is. The council have my details, how many other people have they accidentally sent them to?
“The man concerned is not very happy about his details being sent out by accident. He is contacting the council this morning about data protection. You just can’t make it up.”
As reported in the H&P earlier this month, an investigation by the Information Commission revealed sensitive personal data was incorrectly handled by the council and recommendations for training had not been properly implemented.
Chief executive Trevor Holden had to sign a Data Protection Act 1998 Undertaking to agree to comply with data protection.
Mrs Stiff said: “Training is supposed to be completed by November 2 - they don’t have much time left. What a bunch of idiots, doing the same thing, they never learn.”
The email also contained a discussion about the man’s original complaint.
Cllr Simmons has apologised to the resident.
A Luton Borough Council spokesperson said: “This was human error and Councillor Simmons has self-referred the incident to the Information Commissioner. All staff and councillors are currently receiving training on data protection.”