The communication of knowledge to students is an integral part of a university’s brief – but not when it’s confidential medical information on one of their staff members.
The University of East Anglia has a history of accidentally leaking confidential health details. Earlier this year UEA circulated highly sensitive personal information on more than forty undergraduates to nearly three hundred other students. This time, the Norwich-based seat of learning emailed an employee’s confidential health data to several hundred postgraduate research students.
The Information Commissioner’s Office decided against taking regulatory action after the first leak. Its reaction to this latest blunder is as yet unknown. UEA has moved swiftly to recall and delete the offending emails and is currently reviewing its processes.