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The police and crime commissioner also wants a full review from the chief constable.

Gwent Police admits data breach

A police force is being investigated over a potential data breach that may have compromised the personal information of hundreds of people.

Gwent Police has confirmed 450 people who filed reports through an online tool may be at risk as a result of a security flaw.

According to Sky news, the force only reported the issue to the Information Commissioner’s office after one of their reporters contacted them.

Sky news also reported Gwent Police did not contact the people affected by the data breach to let them know what had happened.

An Information Commissioner’s office spokesman said: “We’ve been made aware of an incident involving Gwent Police and will be making enquiries.”

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “Gwent Police has recently contacted the Information Commissioners Officer and confirmed that formal notification will be provided for consideration in relation to this matter.

“Data integrity is of paramount importance to Gwent Police and we continually review our governance procedures to minimise the risk of data breaches.”  

Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said he is asking the chief constable for a "full and comprehensive report" on data breaches.

"Moving forward, I will seek reassurance that the protection of personal data of the public we serve is of paramount importance and that any lessons learnt from previous breaches are implemented with immediate effect." 

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And nobody saw this coming?

It's well and truly disappointing if the force has put an online system in place that it hasn't thoroughly tried and tested, especially when the authorities are forever warning of the dangers of data scamming, hacking and so on... People should be able to trust Police websites!

* throws hands up in the air *



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