University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield suffers possible data protection violation

The University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. Picture: Danny Loo

The University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Hatfield’s University of Hertfordshire is investigating following a possible violation of data protection.

Around 2,000 students had their names and email address shared in an attachment when they were invited to a guest lecture by email, according to the BBC.

The university, after realising the error, referred itself to the Information Commissioner's Office and is conducting an internal investigation.

A spokesperson told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the university takes data protection seriously, and added: "The email was not sent to all students and the incident affected a group of students in one of our schools of study.

"The relevant students were contacted immediately and the email was recalled.

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"We are contacting all affected students with information and advice."

The ICO, who is the watchdog responsible for data protection, said it "will be assessing the information provided".

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