Data Protection

Data breach at Public Appointments Service involving 15,000 people

Information relating to the candidates was shared with all of them erroneously according to an email sent by the body

Names and job alert subscriptions for the candidates affected were shared. Picture: file

The personal information of 15,471 candidates for public roles has been released in error by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).

A message was sent to the affected candidates through the portal notifying the candidates affected their names and jobs alert notifications they had subscribed to may have been provided to other candidates.

The information was sent via email to all 15,471 candidates, with 529 opening the email before the PAS recalled the message.

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