UConn Prof Posts 14 Student SSNs OnlineFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2008
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
STORRS, Connecticut. On or before July 24, 2003 former UConn Economics Professor, Dr. Stiver, loaded an Excel file to his University of Connecticut home page which contained the names, last 8 social security number digits, scores, and grades of 14 students. All of the affected individuals appeared to be Dr. Stiver's former Economics 242 students.
University officials had already discovered the file during an internal audit in early February, 2008, before the Liberty Coalition was able to notify them of the exposure. By the time the Liberty Coalition contacted the University of Connecticut, they had already deleted the file, worked with all major search engines to clear their caches, and notified each affected student. To its credit, the University also offered each student two free years of credit checking, which is not technically required by law.
This exposure falls into a national pattern where professor will use university public servers to store sensitive personal information.
Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.nationalidwatch.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed. NationalIDWatch.org has a list of recommended steps victims should take.
National ID Watch is a search engine for personal information breaches. Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, NationalIDWatch.org provides more than a million free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.
Each Identity Exposure Report (IXR) documents what types of personal information were exposed (such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc.), without revealing them. Each IXR also details the situation surrounding each exposure, and contact information of those responsible for the breach. Armed with this information, victims can further investigate, take action, or correct harm.