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Student Data Losses for Three Institutions

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 8, 2011

The State reports that the University of South Carolina has notified 31,000 current and former faculty, staff and students throughout its eight campuses about a breach that exposed their personal information--including Social Security numbers (SSNs). Meanwhile, at Missouri State University, the names and SSNs of 6,030 students of the College of Education were accidentally posted online and searchable through Google, reports SC Magazine. The university has worked with Google to remove the lists and is notifying those affected and offering them identity theft protection. In a separate incident, Channel 2 News reports that the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is notifying students and parents that 89,000 students' personal information was being temporarily stored on an external hard drive that was stolen from its Juneau headquarters.
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