FCO website breached data protection

It’s not all rosy at the Foreign Office though: they’ve been rapped over the knuckles by the Information Commissioner’s Office, after being found to have breached the Data Protection Act. In May it was discovered that the personal details of visa applicants in India, Russia and Nigeria using a web-based system provided by VFS were ‘viewable by other internet users’. An independent investigation published its findings in July, blaming organisational failures rather than any individuals. The FCO has now given the ICO an undertaking (PDF) that they’ll do better. The offending site will not return. (Thanks to Out-Law for the tipoff.)