Whistleblowing Cases Soar By 276 Per Cent Since Beginning Of Financial Crisis
Whistleblowing cases reported to the Financial Services Authority have increased by 276 per cent in four years, according to information1 obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Kroll Advisory Solutions, the global investigations firm.
Kroll found that between June 2011 and May 2012 the FSA received 3,733 contacts to its whistleblowing helpline. This is a 189 per cent increase on the 1,293 calls to the helpline in the same period three years earlier (June 2008-May 2009) and a 276 per cent increase on the 994 calls made in the same period four years earlier (June 2007-May 2008).
Kroll, which provides corporate investigations, says that over the last 12 months almost one in five (18 per cent) of its investigations were prompted by a whistleblower2. In 60 per cent of these investigations the original allegations were upheld, while 19 per cent stemmed from malicious allegations made intentionally to get revenge on an individual or company. Read more.
Claire Middleton | Lawyer Monthly | 30th October 2012
Information Commissioner Criticises Council Over FOI Request
The Information Commission has criticised the Council of the Isles of Scilly for failing to respond to freedom of information requests in the correct way.
The authority was issued with a decision notice on October 4th, forcing them to reply to a request for data on the amount of money spent in legal fees dealing with freedom of information requests.
The request was originally submitted in December 2010 and was acknowledged by the Council in January 2011. But since then, the applicant has heard nothing back from them. They should normally respond within 20 days. Read more.
Scilly Today | 30th October 2012
US: Credit reports stolen from Experian after bank hacked
Last year, 847 credit reports were stolen from agency Experian after a Texas bank was hacked and its account hijacked
In September last year, 847 credit reports on US citizens were stolen from credit reference agency Experian after a bank in Texas was hacked.
According to the Bloomberg news agency, hackers accessed an employee PC at Abilene Telco Federal Credit Union. That PC had access to Experian’s credit reports, so hackers were able to steal the information through a legitimate account.
The breach was one of many revealed following investigations by privacy advocate ‘Dissent Doe’ and other contributors to the DataLossDB.org website. Experian had informed the Attorney General of the breach when it happened, and ‘Dissent Doe’ later found out the details of this breach and more through a Freedom of Information Act request. Read more.
Information Age | 30th October 2012
More than half of Harrow’s public computers out of order
Library users have criticised the council after figures showed that more than half of its public computers are not working.
Harrow Council’s response to a freedom of information request submitted by blogger Paul Boakes, who runs community website iharrow, shows that as of October 19, 76 of the borough’s 142 public computers are out of order.
The worst of Harrow’s 11 libraries to try and use a computer is at Gayton Library in St John’s Road, where just four of the 19 machines are working. Read more
David Hardiman | Harrow Times | 30th October 2012
Revealed – the £13m bill Norfolk and Suffolk councils ran up for expert advice
Council leaders have defended spending millions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash to pay specialist consultants, including a bill of £3.3m to get expert advice on the proposed incinerator in King’s Lynn.
Over the past three years, councils in Norfolk and Suffolk have racked up a bill of more than £13m to employ external experts, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
Norfolk County Council was the biggest spender on consultants, having spent just under £5.6m in the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12. Read more.
Dan Grimmer | Eastern Daily Press | 30th October 2012