Anger and resignations after Welwyn Hatfield Council security breach

PUBLISHED: 07:23 30 April 2016

Welwyn Hatfield Council offices

Welwyn Hatfield Council offices

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Hundreds of private email addresses were inadvertently revealed across Welwyn Hatfield by a council slip-up, leading to complaints and resignations from a consultation group.

An official at Welwyn Hatfield Council sent a routine email to members of the Borough Panel, a formal consultation group with 510 members, but forgot to “blind copy” it.

Consequently, everybody receiving the message, about a draft council tax support scheme could see the email addresses of all the other members.

Panel member Bob Kelly told the WHT he had resigned because of the security breach.

He said: “I am really angry that this has occurred. I would have thought that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council would have measures in place to prevent this sort thing.”

A spokesman told the WHT: “As soon as this error came to our attention, on the same afternoon, a recall email was sent and an amended email correctly issued.

“Aware that some people had read the original email, we subsequently issued a full apology to all panel members.

“We have also confirmed that it was only email addresses that were shared, not any other personal data.”


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