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No action to be taken following email data leak

Tue, 28 Jul 2015


No action will be taken against the Income Tax Division despite an email it sent out about Twitter breaching data protection rules.

On May 20th the division sent out 10 sets of e-mails to 500 recipients advertising its new social media feed - however the blind copy function wasn't used. 
 
This meant the personal data of each person was visible resulting in almost 2.3 million disclosures of personal information - it's now been ruled that broke the Data Protection Act. 
 
In addition the Unsolicited Communications Regulations were also flouted because recipients hadn't signed up for direct marketing - here's data protection supervisor Iain McDonald: 

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