Those of you with long memories will know that HMRC has form wrt breaches in data security (eg Datagate).
It should therefore come as no surprise to learn that there has been yet another data breach, this time affecting those who have applied for jobs within HMRC.
The Register reports that HMRC is spewing job applicants' email addresses to potential rivals in mass circular responses.
Apparently there has been "a technical glitch"!
A reader got in touch to report their email address had been circulated to all other applicants in three instances.
In an email seen by The Reg, the reader's address was included in a list which included nearly 500 other addresses.
Responding to the applicant's complaint, HMRC recruitment said:
"Please accept my sincere apologies for my previous email, sent today. Unfortunately, there was a technical glitch resulting in a confusing email.
This is not how we would have wished to communicate the outcome of the process and we will obviously like to rectify this moving forwards.
If you would like to discuss your application further, please do not hesitate to contact me."An HMRC spokesman said:
“This email was sent out by a third party acting on our behalf. No other personal data was displayed and we have told the agency to ensure that the technical problems that they experienced do not recur."Lame!
Please let me know if you know of other instances where HMRC data has been leaked.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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