Afghan interpreter MoD data breach

Afghan interpreters are at risk following a data breach.
Keller Lenkner UK is launching a group action to hold those responsible to account.

Get justice for the Afghan interpreter data breach

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has experienced a severe data breach that could put the lives of Afghan interpreters and their families at risk.

The data privacy failure occurred when over 250 people seeking relocation to the UK were mistakenly copied into an email from the Afghan Relocations Assistance Policy (ARAP) team, asking for an update on their situation. ARAP is led by the Home Office and MoD

Many of those copied into the email are said to be in hiding currently. Should this information fall into the hands of the Taliban, the consequences could be fatal.

A MoD spokeswoman has apologised to “everyone impacted by this breach” and said that it is “working hard to ensure it does not happen again”. However, this is likely to be of little comfort to the interpreters and their families.

Keller Lenkner UK is launching a data breach group action to help those involved in this staggering data privacy failure. 


Why claim data breach compensation?

Hold the guilty party to account for failing to protect your private information.

Receive financial compensation for your losses.

Force organisations to implement better data security.

Are you at risk following the Afghan interpreter data breach?

Those affected by the breach have been informed. We understand that they are also being offered help to manage any potential risks. However, that they have been put in this position in the first place is a serious failure.

"This is a staggering data protection failure by the Ministry of Defence. While the immediate priority must be to secure the safety of those put at risk, those responsible must ultimately be held to account.”

Kingsley Hayes, head of data breach, Keller Lenkner UK


Talk to our expert data breach lawyers today on 0151 459 5850

Afghan Interpreter Data Breach Timeline

  • 20 September 2021
    The Ministry of Defence apologises and launches an investigation into a data breach that revealed the email addresses of more than 250 Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces.

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Your questions answered

See our answers to the FAQs we get asked about the Afghan interpreter data breach.

FAQs about the Afghan interpreter data breach

The data privacy failure occurred when over 250 people seeking relocation to the UK were mistakenly copied into an email from the Afghan Relocations Assistance Policy (ARAP) – a team led by the Home Office and MoD – asking for an update on their situation.

Email addresses have been exposed, and some of the addresses had photographs of the interpreters. It’s not yet clear whether the names of the translators have also been compromised. 

Those affected by the breach have been informed.

Anyone who thinks they might be involved in this staggering data protection failure should take immediate steps to protect themselves.

Keller Lenkner UK is launching a no-win, no-fee group action data breach claim to hold those responsible to account. Register with Keller Lenkner UK to discuss your case in confidence. Once signed up, we will keep you updated as developments unfold, and let you know when a claim can be officially launched. There are no costs to register and no obligation to proceed.

A group action claim is where a group of people – sometimes even thousands of people – have been affected by the same issue. Group action cases are also known as class actions, multi-claimant, or multi-party actions.

There are no costs to join a claim. However, if your claim is successful, you may have to pay a ‘success fee’. This fee is taken from the compensation awarded to you. At Keller Lenkner UK, our success fee is competitive, and we make sure you are fully informed about any potential costs before you officially join our action. If you lose, you won’t have to pay a penny.

What can you claim for?

While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:

Financial loses

With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.


GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.

Loss of privacy

Your data has value, and organisations must be held to account if they fail to protect your right to data privacy or otherwise do not uphold your GDPR rights.

How to protect yourself following a data breach or cybercrime

  • Contact your bank or credit card provider immediately if your financial data has been exposed.
  • Check all bills and emails for goods or services you have not ordered.
  • Check your bank account for unfamiliar transactions.
  • Alert your bank or credit card provider immediately if there is any suspicious activity.
  • Monitor your credit score for any unexpected dips.
  • Call Credit, Experian and Equifax to ensure credit isn’t taken out in your name.
  • Never provide your PIN or full password to anyone (even someone claiming to be from your bank).
  • Never been pressured into moving money to another account for fraud reasons. A legitimate bank won’t ask you to do this.
  • Follow the security instructions provided by the organisation that breached your data.
  • Never automatically click on any suspicious links or downloads in emails or texts.
  • Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic just because someone has your details.
  • Be careful who you trust – criminals often use scare tactics to try and trick you into revealing your security details.
  • Know that, even if you recognise a name or number, it might not be genuine.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. A trustworthy organisation would never force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Never provide your full password, pin or security code to someone over the phone (or via message). If a bank believes a transaction has been fraudulent, they will not ask for this information to cancel the transaction.
  • Listen to your instincts and ask questions if something feels “off”.
  • Refuse requests for personal or financial information and stop discussions if you are at all unsure.
  • Contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you know and trust to check if a communication is genuine.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited communications that refer you to a web page asking for personal data.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know on social media.
  • Review your online privacy settings.
  • Report suspected fraud attempts to the police and Action Fraud.
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service to slow down credit applications made in your name.
  • Change your passwords regularly and use a different password for every account (a password manager can help with this).
  • Protect your devices with up-to-date internet security software.