Cabinet Office fined £500,000 by ICO over New Year Honours data breach

News and information from the Advent IM team.

Sir Elton John and cricketer Ben Stokes are among individuals affected by the breach

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued the Cabinet Office with a £500,000 fine over a data breach that disclosed the personal details of more than 1,000 people listed for 2020’s New Year Honours.

The ICO said its investigation into the breach revealed that the Cabinet Office had failed to put proper technical and organisational measures in place to prevent disclosure of personal information in breach of UK’s data protection law. On 27 December 2019, the Cabinet Office published a file on the gov[.]uk website which contained the names and addresses of more than 1,000 people announced in the New Year Honours list.

Read more on Computing 

Share this Post