Ca: King’s counselling department breaches students’ privacy

Amy O’Kruk reports:

A King’s staff member accidentally breached hundreds of students’ privacy when an email outed the list of students currently using King’s counselling department services for academic accommodation.

The privacy breach happened after a King’s University College staff member emailed 451 students to remind them to book appointments at King’s Counselling and Student Development to arrange academic accommodations for the 2016 academic year. Unfortunately, the email wasn’t blind carbon copied, so recipients could also view the other recipients of the email and their contact information.

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  1. Regret - July 26, 2016

    Ack! I have long wondered why the more popular email applications don’t default to notifying users with a suggestion to use blind copies for messages with >X recipients. Probably a way to configure email apps to do this, but with so many uneducated users/administrators it doesn’t get done. Seen this issue way too many times.

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