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VSO Ireland supporter details in data breach

As many of you may have already heard, Blackbaud, the world's largest provider of education administration, fundraising, and financial management software, suffered a data breach that has affected more than 20 universities and charities in the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada.

In addition to other charities and universities which use Blackbaud to manage their supporter data, this cyber breach also affected VSO Ireland. As a responsible charity, VSO is dedicated to full transparency and the protection of our your data and wanted to let you know immediately.

A detailed forensic investigation, undertaken on behalf of Blackbaud by law enforcement and third-party cyber security experts, found no bank account details, credit card details or passwords were taken.

The data accessed by the cybercriminal may contain names, titles, gender, dates of birth, addresses, phone, email addresses and records of support donations. Blackbaud have assured us this has all been recovered and they are constantly monitoring to make sure no copies remain.

Although we do not believe there is any specific risk to you, we feel it's important you are aware, and we recommend promptly reporting anything resembling identity theft to the proper authorities.

We take data protection extremely seriously and will ensure Blackbaud are held to account for their contractual obligations.

View our Data Protection Policy (PDF).

If you have any other questions, please contact our Data Protection Officer, Jenny Owen, on