Thursday 22 February 2018

Data watchdog reveals civil service breaches

'In the biggest breach reported to the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) by PeoplePoint, data regarding special leave for 1,900 staff was inadvertently disclosed to a government body.' Stock image: PA
'In the biggest breach reported to the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) by PeoplePoint, data regarding special leave for 1,900 staff was inadvertently disclosed to a government body.' Stock image: PA

Simon Rowe

Personal and highly sensitive information belonging to thousands of civil servants, including information on their pensions, sick leave, and PPS numbers, were disclosed to colleagues in a series of embarrassing data breaches at the State's HR and pensions system, a new report has found.

In one case, 80 civil servants whose pension data was breached had not even been notified of the incident until the data protection watchdog intervened.

In another "significant breach" concerning the PeoplePoint system, a married couple's annual and sick leave was disclosed to civil service staff. Another breach involved data of 314 civil servants regarding overpayments of salary and expenses.

In the biggest breach reported to the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) by PeoplePoint, data regarding special leave for 1,900 staff was inadvertently disclosed to a government body.

The findings are revealed in a report by the DPC.

In total, data belonging to more than 2,200 civil servants was compromised in 268 incidents across 35 public service bodies.

However, a spokeswoman for PeoplePoint insisted that "no data was made public or lost" and that the breaches "were internal to the civil service".

Sunday Indo Business

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