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Netherlands – Randstad: job applicants’ details accidentally publicised online

03 July 2013

Nine jobseekers applying on Randstad’s employment website briefly had their personal details published online, visible to the general public. Information revealed included full name, contact details, date of birth, and full CV, inclusive of spelling mistakes.

The problem was uncovered when applicants wanting to apply for positions online found that the application fields were already filled with the details of other candidates. The issue was reported to Randstad, who shut down their site in order to rectify the data protection breach. In total, nine people have had their information publicised.

Suzan Scheer, a spokesperson for Randstad, confirmed that private and sensitive information was available on their website for a short time, “The data was from a man who was filling in his information when his session crashed. It turned out to be a bug in the system. We shut down the site and have resolved the problem.”

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