Revealed: CCCU data breach of student employee information

A Unified FOI request has uncovered that Canterbury Christ Church University unintentionally released private information of many of its workers. 

CCCU was found to have sent an email to 125 of their student employees containing the confidential data of more than 100 students.

‘The university sent this to you in error’ – retraction email.

On September 17,  the details of 130 individuals was leaked in an email – this included their name and contact information, as well as university course and end date, as well as other employment details, such as the students’ participation and training data.

This email was soon followed up by a second, stating: ‘You received an email yesterday which included the personal information of other individuals.

‘The university sent this email to you in error.

‘As required by the university procedures, this accidental disclosure of personal data was reported to the University Data Protection Officer.’

The Data Protection Officer, Robert Melville, and his team are currently investigating what happened, and Corporate Communications released a statement: “An accidental data breach occurred which impacted on a group of student helpers employed by Unitemps.

“The member of staff took swift action following the breach, which included recalling the email and referring the incident to the University’s Data Protection team.

“The Data Protection team has since investigated the breach and worked with the department to comprehensively review its procedures and training.”


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Brittany Tijou-Smith

Brittany is a third year Multimedia Journalism student, her work has been featured on KentLive and KentOnline. Her filming work also won ‘Documentary of the Year 2018’ at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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