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Don't expect Tories to be punished for data breach

By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent
Another day, another data breach.
Less than 24 hours after Facebook admitted 50 million users had been exposed to hackers, the Conservative Party Conference discovered a flaw on its app, which allowed anyone to pick up the email addresses and phone numbers of attendees.
Both times I had the same reaction: shocked, yet not surprised.Shocked, because this is an extremely basic error, with potentially serious consequences.The data leaked wasn't that intimate - like medical records, say, or home addresses - and these are public people whose details are often available.But the importance of personal data depends to some extent on the importance of the person, and the individuals made accessible here included some of the most senior in the country.
Don't expect Tories to be punished for data breach

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The phone numbers of MPs including Boris Johnson were publicly accessible
When Russian agents hacked the US Democratic Party in 2016, the breach came after Hillary Clinton's campaign chair clicked on a link in an "reset your password" email.If a hacker can send the chancellor a link on WhatsApp, that's a risk that deserves to be taken seriously.
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