The finance industry watchdog has been left scrambling to shore up its online privacy settings after it was revealed that emails relating to a confidential complaint were published on its website.

The Financial Markets Authority has shut down its website and says it is undertaking a thorough review after the Herald informed the regulator of the privacy breach following a tip-off from the public.

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The confidential complaint information related