Officer accessed personal data contained in over 540 requests
Data breaches in a number of government departments and public authorities have sparked an investigation.
The Information Commissioner has confirmed a senior officer in Cabinet Office accessed personal data in the system used to record and manage Freedom of Information requests.
An investigation was launched after it received a personal data breach report from the Department of Health and Social Care.
It has confirmed that betweenthe individual accessed the personal data contained 'in over 540 FOI requests, made to 20 separate public authorities, on more than 1,200 occasions'.
The information viewed relates to both the detail of the request and the name, address and contact details of the requester.
The Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance has confirmed that no personal information has been viewed by any individual outside of the public service or transferred outside of the Government network.
This has led to the assessment that the risks to the rights and freedoms of data subjects is low.
Anyone who submitted an FOI request to any of the affected public authorities in the affected time period who wishes to find out whether they have been impacted, should