Outside contractors searched company system for information about individuals.

Independent News and Media (INM) has recruited Deloitte for yet another investigation into an alleged major data breach at the newspaper publisher.

It has also threatened outside IT experts, recruited under the supervision of former chairman Leslie Buckley, that it will sue them unless they co-operate, according to court papers.

In August 2017, Deloitte originally examined the circumstances surrounding the incident in which INM’s back-up IT system was secretly removed to Wales and searched for information in 2014.

After receiving assurances that it was for a cost-reduction exercise, Deloitte closed its investigation last year, and INM notified a minor technical breach of data-protection rules to the Data Protection Commissioner.

It has since emerged in court documents from the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement that the data, including journalists confidential emails, was in fact secretly “interrogated” for information on a range of people. The operation was allegedly paid for by Blaydon, a company controlled by Denis O’Brien, INM’s main shareholder.


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