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June 13, 2017
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In April 2017, the National University of Singapore (NUS) was given 120 days to ensure that all its students in leadership positions were trained in personal data protection. This unexpected announcement was made following a recent data breach by the NUS that risked student data.
What caused the breach?
The PDPC had found that a URL link for a Google Sheets spreadsheet containing personal data of 143 students was circulating without adequate security and could be accessed without proper authorisation. Although the document was originally created with sufficient security safeguards, an unknown party had changed the settings to “share using link”, which means anyone could have access to the data as long as they had the link. The origin of this data breach was human error, caused by the ignorance of the university’s student leaders, who had initially created the spreadsheet for the school’s freshmen orientation camp in 2016.
What can businesses learn from this?
All organisations need to understand that when it comes to data protection there are always going to be risks, but employers and employees alike must remain mindful of their responsibilities and to do their part to implement and enforce processes and policies to minimise those risks.
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