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Alarm over data breach

There will be enormous alarm over the astonishing data breach which put personal information about hundreds of individuals and businesses in the hands of a loyalist group.

The PSNI has yet to accept responsibility for the scandal but last night took the significant step of appointing a senior officer to head a comprehensive investigation into a highly disturbing case which was first revealed by this newspaper yesterday.

It is essential that the police can place further details about the full background in the public domain without delay, although all the indications are that the affair could eventually be the subject of multiple legal actions.

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