MoD fined over data breach that 'could have cost lives'

Poor email hygiene risked the lives of Afghans who worked with UK forces

Tom Allen
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The fine relates to MoD email hygiene during the evacuation of Afghanistan in 2021
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The fine relates to MoD email hygiene during the evacuation of Afghanistan in 2021

The ICO has fined the Ministry of Defence (MoD) £350,000 for accidentally sharing personal information of Afghan people hoping to relocate to the UK, after the Taliban took over in 2021.

Information commissioner John Edwards, who leads the ICO, said the "deeply regrettable" breach "let down those to whom our country owes so much." The "challenging" situation on the ground in 202...

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