In July 2019 Medway Council in Kent reported themselves to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for a potential data breach after realising that a significant security flaw in their online forms had left them open to a hack which in turn may have led to residents in the Medway area having their personal details stolen.
The council’s assistant director of transformation, Carrie McKenzie, commented on the Medway data breach, saying: “We would like to reassure residents this was an isolated issue with our inquiry forms, which involved web links being manipulated to gain access.
“As soon as we became aware that a technical expert had gained access to some forms on our website, we immediately removed all potentially affected forms. We have provided the Information Commissioner’s Office with an initial report.”
The ICO investigation is ongoing and therefore the number of residents involved or the impact of the Medway data breach is not yet known.