Possible information security risk in the admission procedure of International Business degree programme
A possible data breach has been noticed with some of the applicants of Bachelor’s Degree Programmes in Business in the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.
The applicants have been asked to create the personal application videos and share those with the UASs in question.
The fact that some of the videos have not been unlisted and therefore the videos have been public for everyone, has caused a possible data breach. The instructions sent to the applicants by Universities of Applied Sciences have been inadequate from data security perspective.
This might be the case for maximum of nine HAMK applicants. After the security risk had surfaces, HAMK immediately contacted all affected applicants to resolve the situation. Furthermore, HAMK has filed a data breach notification of this case to the supervisory authority of Finland, the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman.
Other Universities of Applied Sciences have also notified their applicants of possible security risk and adviced all remaining public videos to be deleted. Altogether 15 Universities of Applied Sciences, led by Tampere University of Applied Sciences, cooperate in student selection for International Business degree programmes.
We apologize for the inadequate instructions and any inconvenience caused.
Head of Student Services
Häme University of Applied Sciences