An apology has been issued by the Department Of Children after email addresses of 18 people were unintentionally shared with other participants attending the Online Consultation regarding redress for Mother and Baby Homes.
Reports detail that the incident occured due to an unplanned error concerning diary invites which were sent through the video meeting platform Zoom, for two Online Consultation Meetings on Monday the 22nd of March.
18 individuals were affected by the breach concerning the online invites sent out on the 19th of March to those due to attend the Consultations.
OAK, who were hired to oversee the public consultation process, notified the department on Monday of the breach and the department’s Data Protection Officer was informed.
Oak has discontinued the use of this invite function with all invitations for future consultations to be distributed on an individual basis.
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