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Data breach at York University

York University published the personal information of 148 students on its website, and an investigation has begun as a result.

Mobile phone numbers, addresses and A-Level results were visible on the university’s website inquiry page last week. The university has taken ‘immediate action to rectify the problem’ and a security review is now underway.

‘All procedures and management systems (are being investigated)…. (we) will undertake a thorough review of our date security arrangements’, Regsitrar Dr David Duncan stated.

The Information Commissioner has been informed, and the University has apologised to anyone who has been affected by the breach.

If the Information Commissioner finds the University guilty of violating the Data Protection Act, they could face legal action or a fine of up to £500,000.