CPS Mistakenly Releases Names of Student Protesters

Loss of sensitive personal data

How much

After a Freedom of information request, the Crown Prosecution Service mistakenly released the names of 299 people arrested during protests over tuition fees in 2010 and 2011.

The FOI request by a member of the public was to provide figures for costs and resources used in the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Malone (the investigations following a series of demonstrations by students against tuition fees in 2010 and 2011). In response they received a spreadsheet detailing not only Operation Malone but also other disturbances, and containing the names and other sensitive data of 299 people, 44 of whom were under 18, and 116 of whom were not charged.


None to date.

Regulatory action
None to date, however a spokesperson for the Information Commissioner told The Huffington Post UK that they were looking into the case.

Reason for action
None to date.

September 2012