New Year Honours: Government faces multi-million pound compensation bill over leaked private details

The Government is facing fines and a compensation bill running into millions of pounds after the disclosure of the home addresses of counter-terrorism experts, senior police officers and celebrities on the new year honours list.

Senior figures demanded an exhaustive inquiry into the circumstances which led to the personal details of more than 1,000 individuals who will receive awards being posted online by the Cabinet office on Friday evening.

The list of those whose full home address was available on a downloadable spreadsheet for at least 30 minutes included nearly 40 people involved in sensitive defence and counter-terrorism work, among them Scotland Yard’s head of covert counter-terrorism and organised crime operations and two chief constables.

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Source: iNews