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Cal Poly apologizes for privacy breach

December 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Cal Poly Pomona has apologized for an error that made the personal information of nearly 700 people available on the Internet. A former student notified the university last month that he'd found information on himself while searching the Web. An investigation found that an Excel file had inadvertently been released with the addresses, Social Security numbers and other information on 675 people who applied to the school in 2001.

Cal Poly official Debra Brum says the information was mistakenly placed in a computer folder that could be publicly accessed. It's unclear how long the data was public.

The school has removed the information from the Web and is notifying the former applicants.


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