UK: Personal data breach by police to G4S

Raymond Brown reports:

An investigation was launched after private details on a massive scale were sent to controversial contractor G4S.

The data breach involving personal information about more than 1,000 ‘backroom’ staff at Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police happened amid negotiations to privatise services.

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The three forces notified the Information Commissioner’s Office in February of the breach under the Data Protection Act 1998.

The gaffe occurred as the three forces were developing a deal with G4S, which was scrapped.

Five files were sent electronically about staff from the three forces to G4S breaching the Data Protection Act 1998, police admitted.

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