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PSNI Data Breach Compensation - Find Out If You Could Make A Claim

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) announced that a major data breach has occurred in early August 2023. The PSNI data breach involved the personal data of staff members being revealed following a response to a Freedom of Information request. This was done in error but has caused huge cause for concern due to the nature of the details revealed. As a result you may be able to claim compensation against the PSNI if you have an eligible data breach claim.

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What Is The PSNI Data Breach?

The PSNI data breach happened on the 8th August 2023 and involved the sharing of the names of all police and civilian personnel, alongside where they are based and their current roles in the force.

PSNI officers’ data as well as civilian data was affected. Below are some civilian roles that could be found in a police force:

  • Administrative Staff
  • 999 Dispatchers
  • Public Affairs/Relations Officers
  • IT Specialists
  • Training and Development Coordinators
  • Victim Advocates 
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Crime Scene Photographers
  • Community Liaison Officers
  • Forensics
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What Information Was Included On The PSNI Spreadsheet?

The information was accidentally shared following a response to a Freedom of Information Request which had asked for a breakdown of all staff rank and grades. However, PSNI also shared a spreadsheet that contained the following information relating to more than 10,000 individuals:

  • Surnames
  • Initials
  • The department they work in

Online Publishing

The information was published to a website for more than 2 hours before it was taken down. As such, it is difficult to know who was able to access the information while it was live, or understand the scale of the error at this time.

There were regular attacks on police officers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and PSNI members have still been targeted in gun and bomb attacks since. Furthermore, in February this year, a senior officer for PSNI was seriously injured in a shooting, and the following month, the terrorism threat level in Northern Ireland was raised to severe. 

As such, it has been reported that the PSNI data breach has the potential to put the safety of officers and other members of staff at risk. The release of employee names could expose individuals, including those who have taken care to keep their employment a secret. 

Please call our team if you have been affected by the data breach by PSNI and would like to find out the potential next steps you could take.




ICO Response To The PSNI Data Breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the independent body set up to uphold information rights and freedoms for data subjects in the UK. They are currently investigating the PSNI data breach which they have said in a statement raises serious concerns as it demonstrates the major consequences that even the smallest human error can have. 

Additionally, the ICO has said they recognise the potential impact the breach could have on the people and families affected and they expect appropriate action to be taken by PSNI as a matter of urgency.

Political leaders and representatives of police are in the process of assessing the impact on security and finances of those affected, including officers who work undercover.  



PSNI Data Breach - When Could You Be Eligible To Seek Compensation?

In order to be eligible to make a personal data breach claim, you need to prove the following:

  • A data controller or data processor failed to adhere to data protection legislation. Data controllers decide how and why personal data will be processed. Data processors act on the instructions set by the controller. They both need to adhere to the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. These are laws that protect the personal data of UK residents. 
  • Due to the wrongful conduct of the controller or processor, your personal data was compromised in a breach. A personal data breach involves a security incident in which the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of your personal information is affected.
  • As a result of the breach, you experienced financial loss, emotional harm, or both. Financial losses could include money stolen from your bank account, or loss of earnings incurred due to time taken off work to recover from the breach. Mental harm could include distress, stress, or anxiety, for example.

If you have evidence that your personal data was compromised in the PSNI data breach, and this has affected you financially or emotionally, please contact an advisor to discuss the potential next steps you could take.

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