Elton has received an apology from the UK government after it accidentally published his address.
The 72-year-old’s address was online for a few hours, as part of a leak following the announcement of the New Year Honours list. The privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch describing the data breach as ”farcical and inexcusable.”
Silkie Carlo, the organisation’s director, said: ”It’s extremely worrying to see that the government doesn’t have a basic grip on data protection, and that people receiving some of the highest honours have been put at risk because of this.
”It’s a farcical and inexcusable mistake, especially given the new Data Protection Act passed by the government last year. It clearly can’t stick by its rules.”
The UK government may have breached European Union data laws by posting online the private addresses of more than a thousand people awarded New Year’s honours. While it is currently unclear whether and how much the government is likely to be fined for the breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are concerns that the error could lead to measures that hamper government transparency.
Those affected included celebrities such as Elton, as well as officers who have served in MI5, the UK security service.