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5 September 2023 - PSNI data breaches - Oral evidence

Committee Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Inquiry PSNI data breaches

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Start times: 9:00am (private) 9:30am (public)

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Committee probe into PSNI data leaks

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee investigates recent leaks of personal data that have exposed thousands of Northern Ireland’s police and intelligence officers and civilian staff to potential reprisals.

Meeting details

At 9:30am: Oral evidence
Work PSNI data breaches (Non-inquiry session)
Chair at Police Federation for Northern Ireland
President at Police Superintendents’ Association of Northern Ireland (SANI)
PSNI Departmental Secretary and Seconded Officer at Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance
Chairperson at Catholic Police Guild of Northern Ireland
At 10:30am: Oral evidence
Work PSNI data breaches (Non-inquiry session)
Assistant Chief Constable at Police Service of Northern Ireland

The most significant breach of data, which was accidentally attached as a spreadsheet in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed the names, roles and workplaces of around 10,000 officers and staff.

Concerns for the safety of police officers in NI were already heightened following the attack on Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell, who was shot and seriously injured after coaching a children’s football session in March.

MPs on the Committee question the PSNI’s Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd on the process to protect such information and why it failed in the run up to the leak. They also hear from Police representatives on the impact of the breach on morale in the service and the concerns of and consequences for frontline officers and backroom staff.


The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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