NZ: Ministry breaches pupils’ privacy

Unbelievable how many email breaches we’re seeing reported in New Zealand recently. Here’s yet another one:

The Privacy Commissioner has been notified after the school marks of 38 teenaged pupils were sent to the wrong email recipients.

Acting Secretary for Education Peter Hughes announced the privacy breach today, in relation to a PISA international study assessing and comparing how well countries are preparing their 15-year-old pupils for real life.

More than 5200 pupils voluntarily took part in the study and 2500 asked to be emailed feedback that included their name, school and marks in maths, science, reading and financial literacy.

“But unfortunately, 38 went to the wrong recipients due to human error with data entry or because email addresses, that had been hand-written by all the students, were read incorrectly.”

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