Brexit: Home Office sorry for EU citizen data breach
Via: The BBC By Ross Hawkins
The Home Office has apologised to hundreds of EU citizens seeking settled status in the UK after accidentally sharing their details.
It blamed an "administrative error" for sending an email that revealed 240 personal email addresses - a likely breach of the Data Protection Act.
The department may now have to make an apology in Parliament.
In a statement to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, it said it had since improved its systems and procedures.
One recipient of the email told Today that she was outraged and was considering returning to Germany.
The Home Office sent the email on Sunday 7 April asking applicants, who had already struggled with technical problems, to resubmit their information.
But it failed to use the "blind CC" box on the email, revealing the details of other applicants.