The British Defense Minister announced the opening of an investigation into the erroneous disclosure of personal data of Afghan interpreters working for British forces and seeking to establish themselves in the United Kingdom.
According to the BBC, the email addresses of more than 250 Afghans seeking to settle in the UK were mistakenly copied into a Ministry of Defense email, allowing all recipients of the message to see their names and photos at times. associates. A ministry spokeswoman said Monday night that “An investigation has been opened.”
“We apologize to all those affected by this violation and we are working hard so that this does not happen again,” she added. Several politicians have criticized the government after the incident, pointing to potential risks for Afghan interpreters who have tried to leave their country since the Taliban took power last month.
“We told these Afghan interpreters that we would ensure their safety, but this data breach unnecessarily put lives at risk,” he added. Deputy John Healey, head of defense affairs within the Labor Party, the main opposition party, lamented on Twitter.
He pleaded that the government “Urgently redouble efforts to bring these Afghans safely to the UK.”
In the conservative camp of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Congressman Johnny Mercer also denounced a “criminal negligence”, believing that he was probably going to force artists to “change accommodation again” in a hurry to avoid retaliation.
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