Oxford University dating website Oxshag shut down after data breach

09/01/2023 | The Oxford Student

A short-lived matchmaking service set up anonymously by students of Oxford University has unsurprisingly been closed down one day after its unofficial launch. According to a report in The Oxford Student, OxShag offered the opportunity for "overworked and undersexed" students to find "bookworms with benefits" with no strings attached. The website included a list of everyone with an Oxford University email address. For an initial fee of £3, students could select up to 20 potential matches in whom they were interested. As of 9 January, OxShag had not provided any privacy information about how individuals could exercise their rights, nor had it appeared on the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) data protection public register. A spokesperson for OxShag commented, "I didn't look into the intricacies of GDPR law when making OxShag because all of the information I used was available on the Oxford Uni website. As soon as people raised concerns, I took it down and apologised."

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