College of Engineering Hard Drives Stolen
The University’s Privacy Office was notified of a privacy breach which occurred either on September 8th or September 9th; the breach was discovered and reported September 11, 2011. Specifically, a burglary occurred at a College of Engineering building and two computer hard drives were stolen. These hard drives contained Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The hard drive information included names, addresses and social security numbers.
The data was originally stored on these hard drives when the University used social security numbers to identify individuals. Since then, the University converted to UFIDs in 2004 and faculty and staff have been notified that social security numbers should not be contained on hard drives.