Cambridge University Data Breach
On the 15th June 2020, the personal details of 305 third year medical students were accidentally exposed to their entire unit, after a spreadsheet was mistakenly attached to an email welcoming the students into their fourth year.
The breach affected all students due to start at the Clinical School in September. The personal information leaked included; Unique Student Numbers, date of birth, gender, CRSID and college shared, alongside their names.
Further sensitive information pertaining to 19 of these students was also shared, including reasons for intermission, deferral or for withdrawing from the course altogether. This also included some private information regarding individuals’ mental health, disabilities or information on investigations into their fitness to practice as doctors.