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LONDON – An email from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea council containing sensitive information about residents was “accidentally” sent to multiple recipients, including the Guardian newspaper.
The Guardian reported on Tuesday afternoon that the council sent an email listing owners of the 1,652 properties in the borough it considers “unoccupied.”
It contained high-profile names, including Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York, and Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash, as well as a string of properties registered off-shore.
A Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesperson told Business Insider: “It is clear that an honest mistake has been made, and we apologise to those people involved.
“The council is investigating internally to establish exactly what happened, and we will be taking all necessary steps to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”
The west London borough contains Grenfell Tower, the block of flats where at least 80 people died in June after it caught fire.
The council came under intense pressure to re-home survivors of the blaze in empty properties in the borough, which is one of the richest in London. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said families who survived the blaze should “occupy” empty homes in the area.
Business Insider has contacted the council for comment.