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Watchdog taking no further action in IFA emails probe

By Claire Williamson

The Information Commissioner's Office in London is taking no further action after investigating emails sent by the IFA.

The football association was investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office over a "potential breach of personal data" in relation to emails being sent to Northern Ireland supporters in April.

The football association sent out an email telling some supporters that their final payment for tickets for the World Cup qualifying campaign had failed.

But instead of sending it to individuals - email address of others was included in the mailing.

The email said: "This payment has declined and the account must be settled urgently."

The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

It was making enquiries and confirmed on Thursday that the investigation has ended.

An ICO spokesman said: “All organisations have a duty to protect people’s personal information and to ensure their data protection processes and systems are secure.

"Where this doesn’t happen, the ICO can take action to change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information. 

“In this case, after working with the Irish Football Association, we have decided against taking formal enforcement action and the case is now closed.”

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