Broxtowe Borough Council email leak prompts data law probe

Image caption At the time the email was sent, about 730 people worked at the council

A possible mass breach of data protection laws at a council is being investigated by police.

It has emerged a confidential email, making allegations about someone's conduct at Broxtowe Borough Council, was sent to all 730 staff.

Nottinghamshire Police said it was looking into who sent the email.

The council declined to say if anyone had been disciplined but confirmed an external investigation would look into the allegations.

Police were notified in September about the sensitive email from a senior manager which contained a letter to the chief executive calling for "independent investigations" into financial and personal matters.

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The email contained a letter, which was dated as December last year and marked "confidential", and was addressed to chief executive, Ruth Hyde.

The force has since confirmed no offences have been identified among the matters raised by the email.

However, they said the act of sending the email itself may breach the Data Protection Act.

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Image caption Police have said whistleblowing legislation may potentially be a factor in the case

A spokesman added while whistleblowing legislation, which protects workers who expose certain types of wrong-doing in the public interest, may be a factor in the case, it was too early to be sure.

In a statement Broxtowe Borough Council said: "A data breach did occur and has been fully investigated.

"The breach and the subsequent investigation detailing how the council managed the situation has been reported to the Information Commissioner's Office and the police.

"The Information Commissioner has stated that they do not intend to take any action."

It added the council had agreed to commission an external investigation into matters raised in the email but no timescale has been set.

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