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Data bungle as MPs' staff info divulged

By Gavin Cordon

The watchdog responsible for MPs' pay and expenses is investigating a "serious data breach" after a document containing confidential details about MPs' staff was wrongly posted online.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said the document was uploaded in error on an old website on Thursday night.

It included confidential personal information about MPs' staff names, salaries, rewards, working patterns and holiday entitlements.

In a letter to MPs, Ipsa chief executive Marcial Boo said the document was taken down within an hour of it becoming aware of the issue.

He said that it was thought to have been accessible online for a period of around four hours.

"An investigation is currently under way and we have notified the Information Commissioner. We will be writing directly to all of those affected," he said.

"I sincerely apologise to you for the distress this has caused."

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