UK financial watchdog admits to leaking confidential consumer data


The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has admitted to a data breach that exposed confidential information belonging to roughly 1,600 consumers. 

On Tuesday, the financial watchdog said it the information exposure occurred following the public release of data in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request.

FOI requests can be made in the United Kingdom for records held by public authorities. The request at the heart of the data leak was made in relation to how many complaints were made against the FCA — and handled by the authorities’ complaints team — between January 2, 2018, and July 17, 2019.

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