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The Post Office has launched an pressing investigation after it by accident printed the names and addresses of 555 postmasters prosecuted in the course of the Horizon scandal.

The firm confirmed employees had shared private particulars in a doc on its web site on Wednesday.

The Post Office mentioned it had referred itself to the Information Commissioner’s Office over the breach.

It comes as witnesses proceed to offer proof at an inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal, which noticed tons of of sub-postmasters prosecuted for stealing between 1999 and 2015 because of incorrect data from accounting software program.

The knowledge breach was first reported by the Daily Mail and led to an offended response from former sub-postmasters, with one telling the paper she was “incandescent”.

Ron Warmington, the forensic investigator whose agency Second Sight was introduced in to probe the Horizon system in 2013, informed the Mail it was “an extraordinary breach” of confidentiality and “another example of Post Office incompetence”.

The leaked doc contained the names of 555 former subpostmasters who sued the Post Office in 2019.

In 2019, the agency agreed to pay them £58m in compensation, however a lot of the cash went on authorized charges.

In a press release the Post Office mentioned the doc had been faraway from its web site.

It mentioned: “We are investigating as an urgent priority how it came to be published. We are in the process of notifying the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of the incident, in line with our regulatory requirements.”

An ICO spokesman mentioned: “We have not received a data breach report on this matter. Organisations must notify the ICO within 72 hours of becoming aware of a personal data breach, unless it does not pose a risk to people’s rights and freedoms.”

More than 900 sub-postmasters have been prosecuted for stealing due to incorrect data from Horizon in what has been known as the UK’s most widespread miscarriage of justice.

Many sub-postmasters went to jail for false accounting and theft, and plenty of have been financially ruined.

After years of authorized wrangling the federal government mentioned in January that it might “swiftly exonerate and compensate” these affected.

Two former bosses from Fujitsu, the corporate behind the Horizon IT system, denied understanding about points with the system on the inquiry on Wednesday.

One of them, Duncan Tait, mentioned Post Office bosses “never escalated to me any issues regarding Horizon integrity”.

“Indeed, I heard repeatedly that the subpostmasters’ claims regarding Horizon integrity were unfounded and that the system was working well.”