More than 1,000 recipients of honours have had their personal data uploaded to the internet. The Cabinet Office has been forced to apologies for the embarrassing error after addresses for prominent figures such as musician Elton John and the cricketer Ben Stokes were published in the public domain. A Cabinet Office spokesperson apologised, saying: “A version of the New Year honours 2020 list was published in error which contained recipients’ addresses.
“The information was removed as soon as possible. We apologise to all those affected and are looking into how this happened. We have reported the matter to the ICO and are contacting all those affected directly.”
The blunder is likely to be considered a major security breach, The Guardian reports.
This is not only due to the information of celebrities having been shared, but also due to senior police and Ministry of Defence staff’s personal details among data posted too.
The faux-pas has affected more than 1,000 people being celebrated for their service to British society.
Senior counter-terrorism officers have also had their home addresses revealed.
Express.co.uk has contacted the ICO for a statement.
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The system acknowledges the achievements made by ordinary people as well as celebrities and public figures who have made significant contributions to public life or commitments to serving and helping the UK.
Typically, the nominees will have improved the lives of others or will be outstanding in what they do in some way.