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Universities Suffer Data Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 8, 2010

Two universities are notifying thousands of individuals that their personal information may have been exposed. University of Florida officials have notified 2,047 people that their Social Security or Medicaid identification numbers were inadvertently mailed on address labels of letters inviting them to participate in a research study, University of Florida News reports. "We were dismayed to learn of this breach and deeply regret any concern this may cause these individuals," said the university's chief privacy officer, adding that the university has taken steps to ensure a similar breach will not occur. Meanwhile, Penn State University is alerting 15,800 students that their personal data may have been compromised after malicious software attacked a university computer.
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