The Home Office has apologised for another data breach caused by an “administrative error” – accidentally sending an email that contained personal data of EU citizens seeking settled status in the UK. It’s reported that the sender failed to use the “blind CC” box on the email.
This is the second breach reported by the Home Office this week after it apologised for wrongly sharing the email addresses of people interested in the Windrush compensation scheme.
Tim Sadler, CEO at Tessian:
“When using email to send communications containing personal or sensitive information, there has to be a safety net in place to protect against data breaches caused by human error. The reputation of bodies like the Home Office rests on how they keep citizen data safe. With two breaches reported in the last week, the Home Office now needs to ensure its security practices are up to scratch. Data protection measures that focus on protecting people, identifying and alerting users when a mistake is about to happen, will guarantee incidents like this cannot reoccur.”