Data breaches

We all lose something once in a while. If our institute loses (personal) data, then it’s referred to as a data breach.

Data breaches

What is a data breach?

A data breach is when unintended, unauthorised or unlawful access to, destruction, alteration, or dissemination of personal data occurs at an organisation.

It is mandatory for HKU to report data breaches to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA). HKU has a protocol for investigating and reporting possible data breaches. We make a record of all reports. Some data breaches are more serious than others. Depending on the risk for the people whose personal data are involved, we inform them of the data breach and the consequences it has for them.

When in doubt, report it!

We'd rather receive too many reports of a possible data breach than too few. By reporting a possible data breach to HKU you're helping to identify weak spots in our data protection. Reporting helps us take appropriate measures to prevent people from experiencing (further) negative consequences from a data breach.

Where to report data breaches

Possible data breaches can be reported to HKU's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Telephone: +31 30 2091209