the essential The erroneous disclosure of personal data of Afghan interpreters who worked for the British forces led to the opening of an investigation across the Channel.
According to the BBC , email addresses of more than 20 Afghans seeking to s ‘install in the UK were mistakenly copied into an email from the Ministry of Defense, allowing all recipients of the message to see their names and sometimes associated photos.
An open investigation
A spokeswoman for the ministry said Monday evening that “an investigation has been opened”. “We apologize to everyone affected by this breach and we are working hard to ensure that this does not happen again,” she added.
Several politicians have criticized the government after the incident, highlighting the potential risks for Afghan interpreters seeking to leave their country since the Taliban took power last month.
“We told these Afghan interpreters that we would ensure their safety but this data leak unnecessarily put lives in danger,” lamented on Twitter MP John Healey, in charge of defense issues within Labor, the main party of opposition.
We told the Afghans who helped our British forces that we would keep them safe, but this data breach has needlessly put lives at risk.
Ministers must now urgently step up efforts to get these Afghans safely to the UK. https://t.co/mS5DSrevNI
— John Healey MP (@JohnHealey_MP) September 20, 2021 2021
Concern is mounting
He pleaded for the government to “urgently step up efforts to bring these Afghans safely to the UK.”
In the conservative camp of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, MP Johnny Mercer also denounced “criminal negligence”, believing that it would probably force interpreters to “change housing again” in haste to avoid retaliation.