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Children’s Private Data Leaked Online

DATA LOSS—UK

August 21, 2012

The personal information—including names, addresses, accomplishments, illnesses and learning difficulties—of 1,367 children seeking to enter the country’s top independent schools was leaked online, The Independent reports. The company holding the data said it was a victim of a cyber attack and has since shut down the compromised website. An Information Commissioner’s Office spokesman said, “We will be making inquiries into the circumstances of any potential breach of the Data Protection Act before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken.” Meanwhile, Essex County Council has suffered a breach after an employee allegedly sent the sensitive personal data of 400 individuals to an unauthorized recipient.
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