TCD reports data breach

Fri, Apr 29, 2011, 01:00

A file containing the names of students and staff of Trinity College Dublin, along with their addresses, ID numbers and email addresses, was “inadvertently” made accessible on a local network, the college said.

TCD said today it had reported the incident to the Data Protection Commissioner.

The college said it had been advised on March 30th that a file containing student and staff names, addresses, ID numbers and email addresses, which had been provided to the library, “was inadvertently made accessible on the local college network between August 2009 until March 2011”.

It said in a statement to those affected that the information was not accessible through the internet and that it had no reason to believe their privacy had been compromised. “For your security, we encourage you to be aware of email scams that ask for personal or sensitive information.”

The statement added: “In line with data protection legislation the college has reported this incident to the Data Protection Commissioner.

“We regret that this incident has taken place and for any inconvenience this may have caused you.”

The college said it took its obligation to protect data “very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information”.