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The Student Loans Company (SLC) has apologised after inadvertently leaking the email addresses of about 8,400 students this week.

Anyone who had got half-way through filling in an application form on the SLC site was sent a motherlode of personal data on Monday: emailed reminders to complete the electronic paperwork included an attachment listing the details of the 8,400 other recipients.

A spokesperson told The Reg that the money lender quickly realised its mistake and sent out a subsequent email asking all recipients to delete the previous email and attachment.

The SLC (an arm's length quango attached to the Department of Business and Skills) 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.

Chris Andrew, company secretary of the Student Loans Company, has said bosses have launched an internal investigation into the cause of the breach. ®

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