(Original post by lgs98jonee)
"She added that they were also able to track down who has logged on to the page where the questions were posted"
wot does this mean :-(...will we get interviewed by police? or just have our papers checked??
surely ukl does not have to pass on our ip addresses? i would rather mine wasnt as i dont want to become too involved
What is more interesting is whether they can or not. As the police are involved, ip's could be demanded via a search warrant regardless. Looking under the Data protection act, the following would seem to cover it:
6. - (1) The processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the data controller or by the third party or parties to whom the data are disclosed, except where the processing is unwarranted in any particular case by reason of prejudice to the rights and freedoms or legitimate interests of the data subject.
(above taken from Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act)
The Data controller would be this site, (or company behind it etc)
Third party would be Edexcel
Data subject would be the person viewing the post
I think Edexcel could argue well enough that it would be necessary for them to know, given their business, and that it would not infringe upon your rights or freedoms, also given the definitions earlier on in the act, you would have to prove that this site has a reasonable chance of getting your name and address from the IP, or else its not personal data at all.
Most importantly though is not to panic. Edexcel would gain no advantage from penalising students unjustly. Where they would get suspicious is if somebody failed all other maths papers, and the questions not released early, but scored perfectly on the ones leaked. If you didn't know they were the questions they cannot prosecute, or ban you from exams. They may take action to reduce the effect, such as averaging out your other papers, so if you scored P1=D P2=B M1=D S1=D you would get a D overall, but even that is rather unlikely.