Vodafone sent phone data of more than 1,000 News UK staff to police who had asked for details of just one journalist, it has emerged.
The information was requested under Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard’s inquiry into alleged payments to public officials in return for information.
Vodafone blamed human error; the Met said the excess data was sent back.
News UK, formerly known as News International, is part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
Information was sought about the mobile phone data of one journalist working for the firm during 2005-07, using powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).
But Vodafone sent more than 1,000 numbers to the police in March and the force informed Vodafone and the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office about the error on 27 June.
A Vodafone spokesman said the company urged Scotland Yard to delete the data, and the Met said it had agreed to use the material only “for a policing purpose, when in the interests of justice to do so”.
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