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Council email data breach investigation

More than 1,000 email addresses have been shared by West Berkshire Council

The Council has launched an investigation because email addresses were “accidentally disclosed to a number of third parties” after they had filled in a survey in relation to leisure centres.

According to Jim Sweeting who is Sports and Leisure Manager at West Berks: “The problem arose because a member of staff inserted email addresses into the wrong address field when composing the email.

“It’s against our usual policy, which is to use the Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) function to send emails to a large number of service users, which protects against your email address being shared.

“This falls below the usual standards the council upholds with respect to keeping your personal data secure.”

The official line from the Council according to BBC News is: "On 25 October, the council was made aware of an incident by which a large number of service users were copied into an email containing a survey about leisure centres.

"This led to each recipient being able to see one another's email addresses."

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