Elton John and other New Year Honours recipients had their personal information published mistakenly

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For 90 minutes, the private details of 1,097 people were made public before it was taken down, The Guardian reported. The victims were Sir Elton John, cricketer Ben Stokes, NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens and politician Iain Duncan Smith, as well as Jonathan Jones, the permanent secretary of the government’s legal department, and Cabinet Office permanent secretary John Manzoni and many others. The spreadsheet was available for a time on the government’s website which, according to the broadsheet, was thought to have gone online at 10:30pm on December 27. It was thought that the sheet was taken down in the early hours the following day and the apology from the Cabinet Office came immediately. Sir Elton John was appointed to the Order of the Companion of Honour for a glittery career spanning five decades after only recently reflecting on his disbelief over his life aged 72.

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