Fred Piper, professor, director, of information security group at Royal Holloway University of London, said it "beggars belief" as to how this data loss could have occurred.
"It shouldn't happen. It beggars belief as to who authorised this, and whether they had authority to send the data or just did it," he said.
"It's a straightforward, irresponsible cock up. If you must transfer data, there should be a clear reporting structure to the value of data. If it is valuable data, then only senior staff should authorise it and that data needs adequate protection."
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