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The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in data breach investigation

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)’s website is under investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following reports that a page used to transfer data was unencrypted; the page in question is the one used to report alleged offenders, and users accessing the page from Google or Facebook were not directed to an https URL, but a regular unencrypted http page.

CEOP reportedly fixed the issue on the same day as being made aware of it, and as far as it is aware, no personal details have been compromised.

The spokesman for CEOP said “There was an error and that has been rectified. The risk was extremely low.

“CEOP receives a number of reports through a number of different routes so the reports in question are a small proportion. But we take the security of our systems and reports seriously,” she said.

A spokesperson for the ICO said: “We are making enquiries into the circumstances of this alleged breach of the Data Protection Act before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken.”

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