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Student gets creative with data accidentally blasted out by university


When it comes to information security, Cal Poly Pomona(CPP) looks set to get a ‘could try harder’ on its report card this year. The polytechnic university, based in Pomona, California, inadvertently emailed personal information on all of its College of Science students to almost 1,000 people late last month.

According to a report in CPP’s student newspaper the Poly Post, an employee tried to send information to 940 computer science students on 28 January as part of an advising process to help students plan their courses. In the process, the employee accidentally attached a spreadsheet containing personal information on every one of the College of Science’s 4,557 students.

The information included the students’ names and addresses, their academic standing, their email, student ID, gender, ethnicity, and their grade point average (GPA).

A student who received the information tipped off the Office of Admission and Enrollment Planning 30 minutes after the mail went out, and...(continued)

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