Personal details of race participants appear online
The personal details of thousands of runners, possibly including politicians and celebrities, were made available to the public yesterday after a security breach on the London Marathon website.
Organisers were made aware of the breach yesterday afternoon after it emerged that they had published the home and email addresses of some of its 38,000 entrants online.
The matter was revealed by the BBC after a television presenter was apparently contacted by a member of the public who found her details online. High-profile entrants to Sunday's event included shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, the singer Will Young and the chef Gordon Ramsey.
The error was rectified yesterday afternoon but it was not known for how long the data was available. Last night, organisers tried to play down the incident which appeared to be a breach of the Data Protection Act and can amount to a civil or criminal offence.
A spokesman told the BBC: "This is something the Information Commissioner will need to look into. It's the reasons why these things come about that determine the course of the investigation. Every case is different and we'll be making enquiries."
Nick Bitel, chief executive of the London Marathon, apologised for the breach, adding: "We don't believe this has led to a substantial number of individuals' details being accessed."
- 1 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Ryan Gosling granted temporary restraining order against a woman 'convinced she was his twin flame'
Jennifer Lawrence sings in new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 clip on YouTube
Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...
£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a successful an...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Sales Account Manager...