Supposedly private electoral roll information is suspected to have been sold to junk mail companies in a series of leaks from local authorities.
The security lapses are thought to be so widespread that as many as one-in-four local authorities may have been involved. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says that a “software error” is reportedly to blame…
Andrew Moulton, Wokingham council’s head of governance and improvement services, told the Daily Mail: “As soon as we were made aware of the matter we took swift action to remove names and addresses from the public domain.”
He continued: “For a short time their names and addresses were incorrectly included on the edited register, which means they may have received material from direct marketing companies during this time. We have since provided the correct information to the various agencies that sell on this type of information and we believe personal details have now been removed.”