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Police in Wales under investigation for covering up hack that compromised confidential reports


Gwent Police in South Wales is facing an investigation over claims that it covered up a serious security flaw that could have endangered the lives of as many as 450 people.

The flaw in the online reporting tool was uncovered after two years in an internal security review, but the users of the tool were not informed. It has since been decommissioned.

The claims have been made today by Sky News, which adds that the police force failed to notify the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). In a statement to Sky News, the force said that it would be belatedly contacting the ICO - but only after the scandal had been uncovered.

"Gwent Police has recently contacted the ICO and confirmed that formal notification will be provided for consideration," read the statement.

It continued: "Data integrity is of paramount importance to Gwent Police and we continually review our governance procedures to minimise the risk of data breaches."

The breach was discovered in February 2017 and...(continued)

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