30/05/2012

RUC Job Names Sent Out In E-Mail

Names of people who applied for an RUC-related post were accidentally sent out in an e-mail.

The Department of Justice has apologised for "annoyance" caused by the security breach, which has been blamed on human error.

Details of nine applicants for the post of trustee with the RUC George Cross Foundation were sent in an attachment that was wrongly attached to an e-mail.

A letter from the Department of Justice was posted out to those affected yesterday.

It read: "I am obliged to inform you, under the Data Protection Act 1998, that information concerning your recent interest in the post of Trustee of the RUC GC Foundation was sent in error by electronic mail, to another applicant. Your name and the names of some other persons who expressed an interest in the competition, was mistakenly included. I apologise for the annoyance and distress caused."

A spokesman for the Department of Justice said the breach had been referred to the Information Commissioner. He said officials have been reminded of the procedures regarding data handling.

The RUC was awarded the George Cross for bravery in 1999 and the George Cross Foundation, of which Prince Charles is the patron, was set up after the RUC was disbanded in 2001.

It was created by the Police (NI) Act 2000 to "mark the sacrifices and honour the achievements of the Royal Ulster Constabulary".

(NE)

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