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Nearly 20,000 individuals may have affected by personal data breaches in 11 separate incidents indentified in HMRC’s annual summary (table on page 153). The incidents that were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) included:
18,864 16-year-olds who were sent National Insurance number letters that included incorrect names and other personal details.
64 employees’ contact details and passwords obtained from three PAYE schemes. Potentially 573 people could have been affected in this incident.
Someone at the department sent out an Excel spreadsheet containing addresses and property details affecting 88 individuals rather than a blank copy.
A cyber attack in November 2019 accessed the self assessment payment records of 25 clients.
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