Data breach from University of Limerick student village

Cillian Walsh

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Cillian Walsh

University of Limerick: suffered a data protection breach in February
THE bank account details and PPSN numbers of over 350 residents at the University of Limerick’s Kilmurry Student Village were leaked to the public earlier this month.

THE bank account details and PPSN numbers of over 350 residents at the University of Limerick’s Kilmurry Student Village were leaked to the public earlier this month.

On the evening of Friday, February 6, an email with an attachment containing the bank account details, including Sort Codes, BIC numbers and IBAN numbers, along with account holder names, bank addresses and PPSN numbers of 363 residents was sent to a student. The student then passed the information onto a family member.

The leak was discovered three days later, on February 9, by Plassey Campus Centre, a UL subsidiary company that manages Kilmurry Student Village.

According to a spokesperson at the University of Limerick, after the “human error” was discovered “Campus Life Services worked with the student who received the information in error, and with the parents of that student, to ensure the data breach was fully contained and that all emails and attachments have since been deleted.”

The Data Protection Commissioner was notified of the breach upon discovery and the University said it is in “on-going communication” with the office in order to comply with legislative requirements as a result of the leak of personal information.

A spokesperson added that the breach was “fully contained”.

“Apart from the inconvenience caused to those who were affected there was no adverse consequence to the incident,” she said.

The University recently suffered a lengthy delay in issuing exam results to over 12,000 students after it carried out “a review of its student information systems”.

The review, intended to ensure that existing systems were compatible with Irish and international best practice, resulted in an “unavoidable delay in releasing grades”, explained the spokesperson.