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HMRC owns up to 26 data breaches in 2019-20

HMRC admits to 26 data breaches during 2019-20

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The tax department was responsible for a string of personal data breaches during the year to 5 April 2020, according to its latest accounts and report.

8th Dec 2020
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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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By Paul Crowley
08th Dec 2020 22:26

Given other hacks and losses, these do not seem particularly bad for such a big organisation.
Wonder what next year will bring given so many working from home?

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By hiu612
09th Dec 2020 09:50

I agree. For 'breathtaking incompetence' read surprisingly modest level of human error.

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By Paul Crowley
09th Dec 2020 11:33

All human error and errors happen
I see this as well done HMRC.

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