A data breach forced this family to move home and change their names

Charlie Osborne reports on one of those cases where a data breach results in such a serious risk of harm or trouble that people have to move or significantly change their lives:

As reported by the Hackney Gazette, a family in the area adopted a child and the details of who they were and where they lived were meant to be withheld from the birth parents.

However, during the adoption process in 2016, a solicitor appointed by Hackney Council mistakenly included an unredacted copy of the application form. The publication says that the exposed, sensitive data included the couple’s names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and occupations.

The scope of the breach was serious enough that the couple spoke to both the council and police, and ultimately decided that moving home and changing their names was the safest option for their adopted child.

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