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UEA apologises after leaking sensitive student data in mass email

The UEA has accidentally leak highly sensitive data to nearly 300 students. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The University of East Anglia has apologised after highly sensitive student data was accidentally leaked to hundreds of other students.

An email was sent to 298 American Studies undergraduates, which disclosed the personal details of 42 students who had their requests for extensions approved, on Friday morning.

In a statement, the UEA vice-chancellor Professor David Richardson said they "apologise "unreservedly", and have contacted any students affected to offer support.

The university has launched an enquiry into the cause of the leak.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has also been notified.

“An email was mistakenly sent to 298 American Studies undergraduates this morning (16 June) containing the details of 42 students with extenuating circumstances.

"This clearly should not have happened and we apologise unreservedly for the distress it has caused.

“We immediately launched a full and urgent enquiry into how this happened and are contacting all affected students to apologise and offer support.

“We have student-facing staff ready, including over the weekend, to meet any students who report in person or via phone or email and will continue to offer them support for as long as they need it.

“Due to the gravity of the incident, we are notifying the Information Commissioner’s Office.”

– Statement from Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, UEA