Thursday, 11 August 2022 – 15:02

Cabinet Office apologies over New Year’s Honours List data breach

The Cabinet Office has issued an apology after the home addresses of more than 1,000 people were published online in error.

The New Year’s Honours List 2020 was published online on Friday evening, however, a version containing the addresses of recipients was also accidentally published on a government website.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said;

“A version of the New Year Honours 2020 list was published in error which contained recipients’ addresses.

“The information was removed as soon as possible. We apologise to all those affected and are looking into how this happened.

“We have reported the matter to the ICO and are contacting all those affected directly.”

Prominent members of the public plus government officials and security staff are thought to have been impacted by the breach. Some sensitive addresses, such as those of police officers, are understood to have been included in the list.

According to the Guardian, a member of the public contacted the newspaper after downloading a spreadsheet from the government website where the New Year’s Honours List 2020 was being displayed. 

It is thought the spreadsheet was published online at 10:30pm on Friday and was taken down in the early hours of Saturday morning.

 

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