More than 40000 London voters have accidentally leaked their personal details after their council sent emails to the wrong recipients.
Earlier last week the electoral services department of Wandsworth Council in the southwest of the capital sent out the routine emails to registered voters. These were sent across to explain the changes to the electoral ward boundaries ahead of the upcoming local elections.
Accidentally, though the council ended up sending details of around 43000 voters, representing around 13% of the local residents. The data shared in the emails included names, addresses, and voting instructions for people other than those in their households.
The council apologized for the incident initially and later requested all recipients of these emails to delete the email and explained that the information accidentally leaked was available on the public electoral register.
In a statement on Twitter, the council said, “We would like to reassure residents that the information contained in these emails is all publicly available in the borough’s electoral register, which is an open document that can be inspected by any member of the public at any time during the year.”
According to Fleur Anderson, Labor MP for Putney and former Wandsworth Borough council member, the breach by the Conservative majority council was on “an unprecedented scale” and branded it an “unacceptable” incident.
She further explained, “It is chilling and very worrying for everyone whose personal details have been shared with strangers. The council does not seem to accept the severity of this as its very weak response to everyone affected shows,”
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is not likely to open a formal investigation.
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