The Defense Department has admitted that the email addresses of 250 Afghan interpreters seeking immigration to the UK have been leaked for “unacceptable” violations.
MoD said more than 250 people who applied for interpreters through the Afghanistan Relocation Assistance Policy (Arap) scheme were mistakenly copied to the Defense Ministry’s email about their case.
Many are still in Afghanistan and are currently hiding from the Taliban while trying to escape.
A MoD spokesperson said: “Afghanistan Relocation Assistance Policy Team has begun investigating data breaches of information.
“We apologize to everyone affected by this breach and strive to prevent it from recurring.
“The Ministry of Defense takes the responsibility for processing information and data very seriously.”
According to the BBC, the follow-up email warned the interpreter that “your email address may have been compromised.”
One interpreter said the mistake “may cost the interpreter’s life, especially for those who are still in Afghanistan.”
They told the BBC that some interpreters mistakenly pushed the reply. All by email, we’re sending more details to all 250 people in the chain.
Defense Minister Ben Wallace called it an “unacceptable breach.”
It is understood that MoDs contact affected people and provide advice on how to manage the potential risks they face.