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Potential Data Breach at NUI Galway After USB Was Lost

There has been a potential breach of student information at NUIG (National University of Ireland, Galway) after a USB stick thought to contain student details was lost.

While NUIG “is unclear on the contents of the portable device”, they think it may have contained the names of 5% of the student population, as well as both student numbers and exam results.

With a college population of over 18000, there are approximately 900 people affected by this potential breach. Any students who are thought to be affected have been notified by the college.

According to NUIG, they have notified the Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, who has responded and issued guidance to the university. Due to the breach, they have plans to perform a review as well as put up more safeguards to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

In a press release, NUIG said, “The University has strict policies in place relating to the use of portable devices, in addition to a staff data protection training programme and online security training”.

Megan Reilly, the NUIG Students’ Union president, wants to see a student representative take part in the review process.

“We are keen to ask the University how this has happened and to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, and that going forward there needs to be clear communication to students,” she said.