Scottish Borders Council appeal £250,000 data breach fine

Scottish Borders Council has appealed against its £250,000 data breach penalty - one of the biggest ever handed out to a Scottish local authority by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The ICO issued the six figure fine to SBC last month after files relating to the council were discovered in a recycling bank in the Lothians.

The fine has been paid early in order to achieve a discount of £50,000 but this was done so with the caveat that SBC still reserved the right to appeal.

The appeal has been lodged in a written submission to the Information Tribunal.

An SBC spokesman said: “The ICO has until November 2 to file a reply to the appeal.

“The case will then go to a three-judge panel for a decision, which is expected by the end of January.”