A former employee with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sent data on 250,000 consumer accounts to a personal email account, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"The CFPB takes data privacy very seriously, and this unauthorized transfer of personal and confidential data is completely unacceptable," the agency said in a statement to The Hill. "We have referred the matter to the Office of the Inspector General, and we are taking appropriate action to address this incident."

Agency officials notified lawmakers about the breach on March 21.

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