By Tom Young
17 July 2008
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has admitted a data breach in
its online passport application progress checking service.
The incident was formally reported to the Information Commissioner's
Office (ICO) but has not been made public until now.
"A parent was able to discover the existence of a child's passport
application by using the online application progress checking service,
possibly without entitlement," according to an annual report from the
The parent involved contacted the IPS in June 2007 to warn them.
The ICO advised the IPS it should require anyone making enquiries into
the passport application progress to provide the application's unique
reference number. The IPS said it would continue to monitor and assess
its information risks to identify and address any weaknesses.
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