Thousands of UK taxpayers’ personal details potentially exposed online through councils’ debt-chasing texts

Bulk SMS messages sent by local councils across the UK contained weblinks leading to pages that freely exposed to the public thousands of taxpayers’ names, addresses, and outstanding debts, The Register can reveal.

Text messages sent by Telsolutions Ltd on behalf of a dozen local authorities contained shortlinks to webpages urging council tax defaulters to pay up – and in a dozen cases seen by The Register there was little or no authentication protecting personal data from prying eyes.

Sent in bulk by around a dozen councils, the messages have reached thousands of defaulters and late payers, although the loophole allowing the data leak has since been closed.

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Source: The Register