AN EX-CITY councillor who became a victim of identity fraud asked for reassurances from the new council over its handing of personal data.
Michael Poole (pictured), former Conservative councillor for Curzon & Westminster, told the corporate select panel of Cheshire West and Chester Council criminals targeted his bank account.
During public speaking time, he said: “Earlier this year I was subject to identity fraud. Somehow or other my details got into the public realm and more than £3,000 was stolen from my bank account. Luckily I managed to recover the money and the police became involved.”
Mr Poole said everyone had heard stories about a computer server bought on eBay containing 1m pieces of information and misplaced laptops, letters and briefcases.
He said the lax handling of personal information could have “a big impact” on the individual.
Mr Poole said in response central Government had commissioned the Hannigan report which made 121 recommendations accepted by cabinet secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell.
“I would be interested to hear whether councils have adopted the Hannigan report and adopted the recommendations,” added Mr Poole, who is concerned about the implications of merging systems and databases to create the new council.
He said:”What assurances can be given to myself and other members of the public after the merger and downstream. How seriously is Cheshire West and Chester Council taking the issue?”
Chief executive Robinson was unable to answer the question off the top of his head but promised to come back with a briefing at the next meeting.