IE: 317 civil servants hit by payroll system data breach due to brain fade at PeoplePoint

Irish Times reports:

Over 300 civil servants have been hit by a data breach in the civil service’s shared payroll system, involving their personal details being sent to HR departments other than their own.

The breach was reported to the Data Protection Commissioner at the end of October.

PeoplePoint, the shared human resources and pensions centre based in Clonskeagh, inadvertently emailed a report relating to multiple departments to a number of local human resources departments. The details of 317 people, including their names, PPS numbers, grade, department and details of overpayments, were unencrypted.

In a report to the commissioner, PeoplePoint’s data protection compliance team blamed the error on a “momentary lapse in concentration on the part of the officer responsible”.

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