The Cabinet Office has issued a brief apology after it published home addresses of over 1,000 celebrities, gallantry award recipients, and other prominent personalities whose names were included in the New Year Honours 2020 list for their respective contributions and achievements.
The breach of home addresses of over 1,000 celebrities and personalities who names were included in the New Year Honours 2020 list occurred on Friday when the Cabinet Office published their names as well as their personal details on its official website.
The list was online until Saturday when the Cabinet Office took the list offline after realising the error committed by its officials. It said in a brief statement that the data breach incident has been reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
“A version of the New Year Honours 2020 list was published in error which contained recipients’ addresses. The information was removed as soon as possible. We apologise to all those affected and are looking into how this happened. We have reported the matter to the ICO and are contacting all those affected directly,” said a Cabinet Office spokesperson.
“In response to reports of a data breach involving the Cabinet Office and the NY Honours list, the ICO will be making enquiries,” said the ICO.
New Year Honours 2020 list included famous personalities
According to BBC, the honours list included well-known celebrities and persons of eminence such as Sir Elton John, Ben Stokes (who was also named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019), former director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders, and former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith.
The list of 1,097 people also included former gymnast and BBC Sport presenter Gabby Logan, chief executive of Ofcom Dame Sharon Michele White DBE, Diana Johnson MP, celebrity chef and TV presenter Ainsley Harriott, celebrity chef Nadiya Hussain, and actor Olivia Newton-John.
All these personalities and celebrities are to be conferred with various honours such as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), British Empire Medal (BEM), and some of them will be knighted as well.
Other honours that will be conferred upon the recipients are Order of The Bath, Order of the Companions of Honour, and Order of St Michael and St George. While 315 people will receive the Briitish Empire Medal, 397 will be conferred with MBE, and 229 will be awarded the OBE.
You can view details of New Year Honours 2020 list here.