Blackbaud Data Security Breach- Notification from St Leonards


The information below relates to a data security incident with Blackbaud, involving a third-party system used to store the personal data of our alumni. Blackbaud is one of the world's largest providers of customer relationship manager systems, and services thousands of higher education institutions and third sector organisations, including St Leonards.

On Thursday, 16 July, the third-party service provider informed us of a data security incident involving the data of a number of organisations, as well as schools and university institutions across the UK, including St Leonards’ data. The company assures us that data compromised in the incident did not contain any usernames, passwords, bank account details, or credit card information. 

As a precautionary measure, we have reported this incident to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). We continue to work closely with Blackbaud to verify that all our data remains secure, and would like to reassure you that all data currently held is safe and secure. 

Please be assured that no further action is required at this time — but we advise our audience to remain vigilant with unusual emails, and would like to reiterate that we will never ask you your password or other personal details by email. 

If you have any questions or concerns, would like to change your communication preferences, or have your details removed from our database, please do not hesitate to be in contact with the Seniors Office ( or our Database & Data Compliance Officer, Mr Huw Price ( 

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