A redacted Burnley Council report unwittingly made confidential information public, it has been revealed.
The report, which is due to go before the council’s audit committee next week, details an investigation into a video containing racist chanting being shared on Councillor Alan Hosker’s Facebook page.
Some information regarding witnesses was supposed to have been redacted to protect their identity, but it was not done properly and the information could easily be seen by anyone copying and pasting the report into word processing software.
I wasn’t aware that this information had been published, but it is a serious breach and I will be raising it with the council.
A Burnley Council spokesman said the report was removed from the council’s website as soon as the authority was made aware of the issue.
The spokesman added Mr Hosker, who represents UKIP, had received an apology and it had been an honest mistake.