Belfast Telegraph

IFA probed by Information Commissioner's Office into 'potential breach of personal data'

The IFA is being investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office in London over a "potential breach of personal data" in relation to emails being sent to Northern Ireland supporters.

It was revealed on the BBC Stephen Nolan show.

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.

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 in London confirmed it was making enquiries.

An ICO spokeswoman said: “Email addresses may contain personal data. We are aware of this potential incident and will be making enquiries.”

The IFA declined to comment.

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