Up to 8,000 An Post customers have been affected by a data breach, the Irish Independent reports.
The breach, which took place between April 2016 and September 2017, affects people who have changed address and input their new details into the company's mail redirection system. Their data has reportedly been inadvertently included in a file containing details from customers who agreed to have their name and address used to update external databases. The file was sent to Dublin-based Precision Marketing Information Limited which trades as Data Ireland.
A spokesperson for An Post told the publication that 'no other information other than the customer's name and address was included in this file, and only where these people already listed on the database was their address updated.'
Customers affected received a letter which read:
'Your new address may have been updated on the records of companies you interact with, and you may have received letters from some companies to your new address instead of your old address," read the letter.
'Please be assured that Data Ireland never discloses names and addresses from the file they receive from An Post to direct marketing companies.'