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HMRC Investigates Tax Data Breach

DATA LOSS—UK

May 27, 2010

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is investigating a breach involving taxpayer data, The Register reports. HMRC sent 50,000 letters to tax credit recipients, some of which contained details about other taxpayers, the report states. The agency has not disclosed how many customers have been affected by what it describes as a printer's error. "HMRC takes data security extremely seriously," a spokeswoman said. "Unfortunately, an error has occurred in one of the tax credit print runs causing some customer information to be wrongly formatted." The breach comes as the agency works to implement Poynter Review data protection recommendations made after the 2007 data breach involving HMRC's child benefit database.
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