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    Oxford University have inadvertently circulated a list of names of the hundreds of candidates they rejected for undergraduate places

    Emails were sent to applicants breaking the news that they'd been turned down, and attached were the copies of similar letters addressed to all 200 other unsuccessful candidates, including the names, home addresses and subjects applied for :shock:

    Although an apology has since been released, many students and parents are understandably upset. You can read about it further here.



    What do you think about the mishap? Have you/anyone you know received one of the emails?

    Obviously anyone can make mistakes, but surely there should be a better system in place to avoid such a breach of privacy?!
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    Mistakes happen. It was an acident.
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    Technology has made it very easy to inadvertently leak other peoples personal details... don't think many people tasked with sending emails understand the purpose of the Bcc
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    I can understand how it happened, and I can understand being very upset if you were one of those people. Not sure what remedy there might be for the rejected students though.
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    I'm a bit surprised that they don't mention whether they've reported the breach to the ICO.

    It probably doesn't meet the criteria to claim for compensation https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/compensation/ but if they were serious about making sure it doesn't happen again then using the ICO processes is best practice.
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    Compensate by offering everyone a place - that'll shut everyone up .
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    I'm at a loss of the clickbait for this thread...



    Can anyone tell me which bit of this thread, or that article is about the bit in the red box...?
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    Ahah - an update on the clickbait



    Perhaps TSR have realised that blatantly lying on clickbait, whether purposeful or not, is not the way to go about things...! Still incredibly clickbaity but better than before!
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    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    Ahah - an update on the clickbait



    Perhaps TSR have realised that blatantly lying on clickbait, whether purposeful or not, is not the way to go about things...! Still incredibly clickbaity but better than before!
    I don't think it was intentional
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    (Original post by discobish)
    I don't think it was intentional
    I certainly am glad to hear that!
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    I am 100% sure this isn't the first time I've heard this happening either...
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    If it was me I wouldn't be too annoyed but obviously it's a breach of privacy and confidentiality, I mean anyone could access those details now but if it was a list of only 200 out of the 1000s of applicants, chances are they're all strangers. Unacceptable though but not sure if compensation worthy.
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    I wouldn't mind that much we'd all be rejected together
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    These things happen.

    I don't think it's a huge deal, but understand why people disagree.
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    I'm sure it's just a mistake, but that's really really idiotic. If it was just the names and subjects then that would be one thing, but to accidentally send out the addresses of all the unsuccessful applicants is a far more serious and concerning breach of data protection and privacy regulations.
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    I was one of the ones who received the letter! I personally didn't mind, figuring everyone would be too concerned with their own rejection. Was also nice to know who from my course got in!
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    (Original post by emilysmith268)
    I'm sure it's just a mistake, but that's really really idiotic. If it was just the names and subjects then that would be one thing, but to accidentally send out the addresses of all the unsuccessful applicants is a far more serious and concerning breach of data protection and privacy regulations.
    The acceptance/rejection letter is juts a PDF version of the paper-based letter they'll receive, so it automatically contains the address/name/course
 
 
 

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