Auburn University error exposes donor and alumni information on public server

On June 19, Auburn University in Alabama learned that spreadsheets containing donor and alumni information had been accidentally uploaded to a public server. The spreadsheets contained an undisclosed number of donor and alumni’s names, maiden names, postal and email addresses, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers. The spreadsheets also contained former students’ years of attendance, what school they attended, and their alumni status. No financial information was involved.

In a letter dated August 1, those affected were offered a free year of identity protection services.

The university’s notification to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office by their lawyers, Nelson Levine DeLuca & Hamilton, does not indicate for how long the spreadsheets were exposed, nor whether the university was taking any steps to reduce the likelihood of a similar error in the future.

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