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EU leaders' personal data leaked after EU-US summit

The Czech EU presidency admitted Saturday that personal data of European leaders who travelled to a recent EU-US summit in Prague had been leaked.

hand typing on keyboard

A hotel guest stumbeld on sensitive data

The Finnish news agency STT reported Friday that a Finnish visitor using a computer provided by a Prague hotel found a file containing passport numbers and flight details, as well as the blood types and allergies of about 200 representatives from EU countries, including the Finnish premier and president.

"We acknowledge that there had been, for a certain period, information on EU delegations participating in the EU-US summit available on a computer where data could have been accessed, in a limited way, by the public," the presidency said in a statement on its Web site.

The presidency said the data had been removed from the computer and the leak was caused by an "unintentional human error of one of our employees." The report identified neither the finder nor the hotel.

"As the incident represents a serious breach of working obligations, we have taken the necessary personnel policy measures," the statement said.

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