Care company fined for fly-tipping confidential information

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Following two separate fly-tipping incidents, national care company, Profad Care Agency, have been fined a total of £1600.18 for fly-tipping waste, including confidential and personal information, on Queen Street in Rushden, following an investigation by Council Officers.

In December 2019, Officers from East Northamptonshire Council (now part of North Northamptonshire Council (NNC)) attended a fly tip of approximately 20 bags of waste which had been left on Queen Street, Rushden. An investigation led Officers back to Profad Care Agency Ltd – a company that provide care for disabled and vulnerable clients in their own homes. Officers spoke to the company, who were unaware of the correct disposal arrangements.

This was followed up by another fly-tipping incident at the same location in February 2020. Materials found in this fly-tip included sensitive and confidential material related to the vulnerable individuals in Profad’s care, as well as photographic identification and confidential employee information.

Officers from several departments at NNC worked together to further safeguard individuals potentially affected by the associated data breach. NNC’s Adult Social Care Commissioning Team, who are responsible for ensuring services are delivered safely, continue to work closely with Profad to ensure the service, and its new leadership team, implement the remedial actions identified.

Cllr Graham Lawman, NNC Executive Member for Highways, Travel & Assets, said: “Fly-tipping is never acceptable and has a detrimental impact on our area, but, this case is just careless and could have put some of our most vulnerable residents at risk. Our Officers work tirelessly to educate both residents and businesses about how to dispose of waste, but, will prosecute where appropriate, so there really is no excuse for fly-tipping in North Northants.”

Cllr Helen Harrison, NNC Executive Member for Adults, Health & Wellbeing, added: “This is such a sad case, but I am so pleased that teams from across NNC worked together to support those impacted and made sure our most vulnerable residents’ data was protected and that everything has been done to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”

A representative from Profad attended an interview under caution with NNC Officers in March 2021, where the representative admitted to fly-tipping and to breaching GDPR by not disposing of sensitive material correctly.

Mr Damilola Adeniyi, the Director and Secretary, attended the prosecution hearing at Wellingborough Magistrates Court on 20 July and entered a guilty plea on behalf of the company.

The magistrates retired to deliberate for approximately 15 minutes and returned to deliver a fine of £1000, costs of £500.18 and a victim surcharge of £100.00

Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council, said: “As a council, we have a commitment to care for all our residents and to ensure the area remains clean, tidy and safe for all. Hopefully, this case is unique in terms of the wider impact on resident’s lives, but, every single incident of fly-tipping we must clear costs the council taxpayer, not to mention the visual impact across North Northamptonshire. I would urge anyone who spots fly-tipping to come forward and report it to us.”

Any fly-tipping spotted in North Northants can be reported online or by calling 0300 126 3000.

To dispose of waste responsibly, please visit one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (commonly known as ‘Tips’) across the area or find out about bulky waste collection services in your area.