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Police Security Breach Prompts Investigation

DATA LOSS—UK

April 19, 2010

A Gwent Police data management employee is facing a gross misconduct investigation and possible dismissal after accidentally sending the results of more than 10,000 Criminal Records Bureau checks to a newspaper. The Register reports it received a file containing the full names and dates of birth of 10,006 with the results of background checks dating back as far as 2001. The newspaper has deleted the file, which was not encrypted or password protected, and is assuring those affected that it will not publish their personal information. Investigators have indicated human error was to blame as the e-mail's author used the "auto complete" function for addresses and accidentally included the journalist's contact information with that of police officials, the report states.

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