Names and addresses of victims and culprits of anti-social behaviour are published online in Herts Police data leak
PUBLISHED: 10:50 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:57 24 October 2014
An investigation has been launched after dozens of people's names and addresses including victims of anti-social behaviour were mistakenly published online.
Herts Constabulary has called in the Information Commissioner following the security breach which saw the personal details of 61 people go live on the Home Office website www.police.uk.
The details, which remained online for five days before being spotted by a police officer, included a mixture of victims and culprits of anti-social behaviour along with the nature of each case.
Police say they have paid home visits to those involved in the data leak who are deemed vulnerable and letters explaining the situation will be arriving on the door mats of others today.
Measures are being put in place, if required, to ensure the safety of those involved.
Head of crime reduction and community safety Supt Andrew McCracken said: “The constabulary takes the handling of data on its systems extremely seriously and we very much regret that the data breach occurred. Fortunately, the pages where the information appeared were accessed by very few people and we are confident that any risk to people whose information appeared on the site has been minimised.”
The breach was discovered on Thursday, October 9 by a Herts police officer and there has been no reports that the data was seen online by any member of public or staff from the community safety partner agencies.
Supt McCracken said: “In our role as data controller we have referred the case ourselves to the Information Commissioner’s Office. We have taken immediate mitigating action and continue to ensure that any individuals affected have a point of contact within the police to support them.”
It is thought that the data breach occurred as the result of a technical computer problem but a full investigation is still ongoing and the affected webpages have been temporarily suspended.
“The public can be confident that the details held on the system are now secure and confidential,” added Supt McCracken.