Information needed Response
Title and link to statistical output Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey
Name of producer organisation Ministry of Defence
Name and contact details of person dealing with report Analysis Publications Team
Name and contact details of Head of Profession for Statistics or Lead Official
Link to published statement about the breach (if relevant)
Date of breach report 20/05/2021

Information needed Response
Relevant principle(s) and practice(s) Practice T3.6 – Statistics should be released to all users at 9.30am on a weekday.
Date of occurrence of breach 20/05/2021

The Armed Forces Continuous Attitudes Survey (AFCAS) was due to be released at 0930 on the 20th May 2021.
At the point of release, it was noticed by the Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) team responsible for uploading the report that the supporting table files had meta data which included the name of the producer. The publishing member of the team then removed the meta data name from the file.

As this error was found at the point of publication this resulted in a delay of approximately 15 minutes to the publication of the statistics, with the release being uploaded at ~09.45

The AFCAS statistic was not available at the announced time, which may have meant users had to wait 15 minutes longer than they should to access.

DDC and the Analysis area will discuss preventative action to ensure any personal data attached to the file are removed before publication.

Analysis area will investigate what the usual process is regarding this, as this is not a frequent occurrence.