If you're planning to lie, at least try to be convincing

New Forest District Council has been rapped by the Information Commissioner for posting up personal information on its planning website. The problem is not new, and a number of councils have been warned about this in the past. However, having been warned before about this, New Forest’s response to the criticism was: “… signatures and other unique information are not now available for public scrutiny”.

Out of interest, I went to their planning portal, punched in a postcode and pulled down the documents from a random applications. Guess what? There’s the signature, together with all the other personal information. In the very first document I downloaded. So, is the New Forest District Council lying, or do they not understand their own system? Let’s hope the enforcement notice is in Monday’s post – because I’m off to steal a pony’s identity.


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