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Government releases Manx residents' e-mail addresses

A possible 10,000 local e-mail addresses held by the Income Tax Division were circulated last night.

It happened when a member of staff sent an e-mail to inform people that it had joined Twitter to recipients on its mailing list.
 
Each of the addresses were openly copied-in - instead of being concealed for data protection purposes. 
 
Since then, the division has apologised for what it calls an 'unacceptable lapse' in judgement - which has been put down to a 'mistake'.
 
A spokesperson says no other information has been released, and an internal investigation has now begun.
 
Data protection supervisor IaIn McDonald said although a significant error, the exposed information is not as sensitive as it could've been.
 

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