Ca: Western University students’ personal information published online

Iain Boekhoff reports:

The University is investigating after a document containing personal information of 2014–15 first-year main campus students was made publicly available online.

The downloadable Excel document contains the full names, Western email addresses, what residence they were in, home phone number, cell phone number and program or faculty of current second-year students. That information can be used, for example, to find a student’s home address with a simple Google search. Other personal information, such as student numbers, personal emails and residential addresses, was not included in the file.

The document was uploaded to a course note-sharing website where anyone with an account can download the file. It was uploaded by an anonymous account that had no apparent other online history and the file upload being its only account activity.


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