Data breach investigation

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big-dataThe Data Protection Commissioner is conducting an ongoing investigation into an incident in which sensitive data relating to hundreds of students at the University of Limerick was mistakenly sent to one student.

Personal information relating to 363 residents of Kilmurry Village including their bank details and PPS numbers were incorrectly sent.

On the February 10 the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner was notified of the breach.

UL says the breach was a result of human error and the student who received the email has confirmed it’s been deleted. All of the people affected were contacted.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner says their investigation is ongoing and UL is reviewing its procedures to ensure compliance with its data protection obligations.

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It’s the second data breach in UL is three months.

Last November seven students had their personal information and grant applications for the Student Assistance Fund posted on UL’s website in error.