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E-mail Addresses of 8,000 Students Mistakenly Sent

DATA LOSS—UK

March 21, 2012

The e-mail addresses of more than 8,000 students were accidentally sent out in a mass e-mail by Student Finance England, The Telegraph reports. The intention of the e-mail was to remind students that they had yet to complete their grant application forms, and, the report states, staff mistakenly included an attachment containing all the student e-mail addresses. Big Brother Watch Director Nick Pickles said, "Just because this information didn't contain bank details, it doesn't mean it isn't useful to people." The loan agency has apologized to those affected and said no additional information was compromised, adding, "The integrity and security of student accounts and the protection of personal information is vital to us, and we apologize to all of the students involved."
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