UNESCO job applicants past and present beware: Until Thursday (April 28), it was possible for anyone registered with the agency’s online application platform to access personal information about other UNESCO applicants, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine reports.
Simply by modifying URLs, it was possible for anyone registered with the agency’s online platform to find application material submitted between 2006 and 2011 by hundreds of thousands of other applicants, including for full-time and internship positions, according to Der Spiegel. An internship applicant informed the U.N. agency of the privacy issue last month, but got no response; UNESCO did respond to Der Spiegel on April 27, but took two databases offline only after the magazine published an initial version of its article.
Such privacy issues could potentially prompt identity theft, cyber attacks or espionage, Der Spiegel suggests.
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