The trustees of the NCCF have discovered that an unauthorised downloading and removal of confidential documentation from the NCCF systems has been detected.
The details of the incident were reviewed by the Information Commissioner’s Office who found our systems to be robust with no changes needing to be made, it was viewed that regardless of safeguards and policy a deliberate act of theft is very difficult to prevent.
We would like to assure all members that as far as we are aware no sensitive personal data relating to them were involved in the incident.
In February 2018 Alan Owen was a trustee on the board of the NCCF, he was being investigated by the charity under the Code of Conduct for several serious breaches. During the investigation, it was discovered he had downloaded commercial and personal sensitive documentation from the charity’s secure Gsuite storage. This was against NCCF data management guidance. Mr Owen was challenged and instructed to delete the data.
Mr Owen was subsequently removed from the board of trustees following the enquiry. During the expulsion process, Mr Owen was required to sign the charity’s standard declaration that he had not retained any material or data belonging to the charity, which he refused to sign.
The theft of data did not become apparent until July 2019 when copies of the stolen documentation began to appear on the internet in websites and social media platforms under the control of both Alan Owen and the BNTVA 1173575. The stolen data was being used in a misrepresentative manner to support defamatory and damaging allegations against both the NCCF and our contractors. Allegations which even Mr Owen admitted in June 2020 that he had now removed the posts that were “not complimentary to the NCCF or BH Associates”.
A full investigation was conducted which confirmed that the stolen documentation had not been shared outside either the NCCF or the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
The matter of the stolen documents falls under three pieces of legislation –
• The Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc.) Regulations 2018
• The Computer Misuse Act 1990
• The Fraud Act 2006.
Reports were subsequently made to the Police, Information Commissioner’s Office and the Charity Commission.
This and other issues have been the reason that the NCCF was unable to work with the BNTVA or any organisation controlled or influenced by Mr Owen.
We now look forward to increasing our activities for the benefit of all members of the British Nuclear Survivor Community.