Student Finance England has inadvertently released around 8,000 email addresses to students across the country.
The firm sent an email out to students due to start university later this year but put every email address in the ‘To’ field therefor making them visible to all recipients. The firm has called it an "administrative error" and had contacted all the students to inform them and apologise for the slipup, according to the Press Association.
Student Finance England said: "We are sorry that a number of student email addresses have been included in an email which has been sent to other customers. The information was sent in error and only included email addresses, no other personal student data was shared.
"We have contacted all customers affected to let them know about this issue. The integrity and security of student accounts and the protection of personal information is vital to us and we apologise to all of the students involved."
Fortunately the only the customers email addresses were exposed, not other things like bank details. A similar mishap occurred last month which saw the Metropolitan Police share more than 1,000 victims’ email addresses.
Nick Pickles of Big Brother Watch told The Telegraph: "Just because this information didn't contain bank details, it doesn't mean it isn't useful to people. The fact is that email addresses are increasingly the primary mode of communication for most people. Who knows where it could end up once it is in the public domain?"