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PSNI investigate 'potential data breach'

The PSNI has launched an investigation after a 'potential data breach'
Connla Young

THE PSNI has launched an investigation following a report of a "potential data breach".

It comes after hardline republican party Saoradh claimed information about members of the public was given to one of its members.

The details are said to have been contained in a summons delivered to a house in Newry this week.

According to Saoradh, the papers included the names, addresses and dates of birth of several people unconnected to the person the summons was delivered to.

It is understood the summons relates to an anti-internment protest held in Newry last year, while the other personal details are linked to a range of other police matters including a road traffic collision.

It is claimed a woman's mobile phone number and the make, model and registration of a vehicle are included.

The PSNI last night did not confirm if a potential data breach it is investigating is linked to Saoradh.

In a statement, Chief Inspector Lynne Corbett said only that a probe has been launched.

“We have launched an investigation following the report of a potential data breach," she said.

"As is normal procedure, we will liaise with the Office of the Information Commissioner and any individuals who may be affected, and make any appropriate referrals.

"There are no further details at this time."

The latest potential data breach comes after it emerged that the personal information of 152 people was wrongly shared with foreign law enforcement agencies by the PSNI.

Saoradh spokesman Stephen Murney said the latest incident "will cause worry and stress to all those effected by this serious breach of confidentiality".

"Just four weeks after the PSNI wrongly shared data on 152 people, including republicans, with US law enforcement, the ineptitude of the PSNI is once again laid bare for all to see."

A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman's Office said it has not received a complaint.

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