The incident will only affect people who applied to join by post or fax. It will not affect applicants for Student or Global Affiliate membership and it will not affect anyone who has applied during this time and has already received a confirmation email from the CIPR.
Jane Wilson, CIPR CEO, said: ‘This is a very serious breach of data security. I apologise unreservedly to any individuals who may have had their personal data compromised, and for any loss, distress or inconvenience that may result.
‘The CIPR has strict and well established data protection procedures and practices and what happened on Friday was clearly against our operating guidance, which requires staff to secure sensitive information within the premises. The CIPR will cooperate fully with any regulatory inquiry that may follow this incident.
‘We will be reviewing procedures, training and discipline in relation to data protection and reviewing how our rules came to be breached.’
The CIPR is advising anyone who believes they may be affected to contact 07976 768 752 immediately.