The personal details of victims of crime in Greater Manchester have been put online by mistake.
The data breach affects victims of sexual abuse, witnesses and people reporting crime. According to the Force, no informant details were breached.
Thousands of people are thought to be affected.
The breach happened when a software contractor uploaded historical crime data as part of a test. This data included displays, graphs and statistics which linked to more confidential information. With a simple click, anyone could have accessed the names of victims, and the area where the crimes took place. Data related to ongoing incidents was not breached.
The breach is under investigation by Greater Manchester Police and a separate investigation has been launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
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