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Data breaches spark random checks on civil servants

Incidents where staff provided customer details to private investigators prompt spot checks for leaks

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

30th October, 2016

Random checks are being carried out on civil servants to ensure they are not leaking the private information of 1.5 million social welfare customers. It comes after a series of incidents where social protection staff provided details of customers’ addresses and welfare payments to private investigators.

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Department of Social Protection considered putting up posters to highlight the fact that random checks were being carried...

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