‘Incalculable damage’, data from 10,000 police officers in Northern Ireland shows

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In an unprecedented security breach, police in Northern Ireland accidentally released the names and duty locations of 10,000 staff. The regional police union warned Tuesday evening of “unforeseen damage” for the employees. 25 years after the end of the civil war, attacks on police officers in the British countryside are still taking place. The perpetrators are mostly radical supporters of reunification with Ireland, a neighboring country of the EU.

In February, a senior police officer was shot in front of his son and other youths.

Accidentally sent surnames and workplaces
The authority had now been asked for a breakdown of officials and employees by rank in a request, police said. Inadvertently, the response also included a table of surnames and places of employment, but not residential addresses, of all approximately 10,000 employees, from Police Commissioner Simon Byrne.

Information was also available on the website
British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris and politicians from all Northern Ireland parties expressed deep concern. Police in Northern Ireland issued an apology. “This is unacceptable,” said Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd. According to information from the BBC, several current and former employees had access to the data, which would have been temporarily available on a website.

Source: Krone

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