Personal information belonging to dozens of people receiving council-funded home care in the Isle of Man has been lost.
The Isle of Man government has confirmed that there has been a “data breach” in the home care service, and the details of names, addresses and phone numbers of 33 people have been “mislaid”, along with the ‘keysafe’ codes of seven of those service users.
The phone numbers of 43 next of kin and 11 carers have also been lost.
Once the data breach was discovered, all the keysafes were recoded, and no medical or financial details were included in the mislaid data, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
The Information Commissioner has been informed, and all those affected by the loss are being contacted individually.
The government said it has also set up an internal investigation to find the cause of the data breach and to assess and minimise any ongoing impact.
“We apologise to all those affected by this breach and can assure them that we are doing all we can to understand how it has happened,” the Cabinet Office said in a statement.