It has recently come to light that Cumbria police suffered a data breach in March of this year, which saw the publication of the names and salaries of over 2,000 employees, including staff in sensitive and covert roles. The breach affected 1,304 police officers, 756 staff members and 52 police community support officers. The force has admitted that human error was to blame and has apologised for the incident. While the breach has been referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office the regulator determined no further action was necessary.
A spokesperson for the ICO said: “Cumbria constabulary made us aware of an incident in March 2023. The information provided was carefully assessed and the organisation provided details about the steps taken in response to the incident... We provided data protection advice and concluded that no further action was necessary. We assess reported incidents on a case-by-case basis and any action is based on the specific facts and circumstances.”
News of the breach emerged less than a week after the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) suffered a significant data breach in which details of all current serving officers and civilian staff members were mistakenly published online.
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