Covid-19 data breach: FM ‘doesn’t know’ when ministers first told

Covid-19 data breach: FM 'doesn't know' when ministers first told

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First Minister Mark Drakeford has stated he doesn’t know when the Welsh Authorities was first informed a few knowledge breach involving 18,000 individuals who examined constructive for coronavirus.

He confronted calls to apologise for the Public Well being Wales (PHW) breach, which noticed particulars placed on a public web site.

PHW on Monday stated the Welsh Authorities was informed on 2 September.

Mr Drakeford stated the incident was a “severe matter” and that he himself first discovered about it on Monday.

Particulars of greater than 18,000 individuals, together with initials, date of start, geographical space and intercourse, had been printed on the PHW web site at 14:00 on 30 August.

It was not eliminated till 09:55 the subsequent morning. PHW revealed the breach to the public in a statement on Monday.

Within the Senedd on Tuesday Welsh Conservative group chief Paul Davies requested Mr Drakeford to apologise to the individuals affected.

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The data was on-line for 20 hours earlier than being taken down

Mr Drakeford, in response, stated: “I discovered of this knowledge breach yesterday, and I discovered of it on account of Public Well being Wales’ assertion.”

“It’s a severe matter when knowledge laws usually are not correctly noticed.”

He stated PHW had been proper to apologise to these involved.

“Fortunately… the breach lasted for lower than a day, and the preliminary inquiries counsel that no hurt has been performed consequently, however that may be a matter of luck fairly than the rest.”

Mr Drakeford stated it was proper that PHW had instituted an inquiry and knowledgeable the data commissioner.

‘I do know after I was knowledgeable’

However pressed by Tory Senedd member Andrew RT Davies on when the Welsh Authorities was knowledgeable and which minister was the primary to be informed, Mr Drakeford stated he didn’t know.

“I gave a solution, which was inside my data,” he stated.

“I do know after I was knowledgeable. I do not know the reply to these different questions nor would I anticipate to know them simply standing up right here within the chamber.

“We are going to uncover these solutions, after all, and I am very blissful to speak them to the member.”

Mr Davies later tweeted that he discovered the response “staggering”.

“For a person who’s supposedly ‘throughout the element’ to not know this info is laughable,” he added.


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