Northern Ireland

Explainer: What is going on with the PSNI data breach?

The breach could jeopardise the safety of thousands of officers and staff

Breach has been attributed to human error. Picture: PA

A major data breach has compromised the personal and employment details of thousands of Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officers and civilian staff.

The force’s Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd apologised to his staff for the breach, which left the Police Federation of Northern Ireland (PFNI) “appalled”.

How has the breach happened and what does it mean for those affected?

How did the breach occur?

The breach occurred when the PSNI responded to a ...