Email gaffe exposes Loyola Law School students’ info to others
The Financial Aid Office of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles inadvertently exposed the personal information of what may very well have been the school’s entire 395-member student body to 14 members of its May 2014 graduating class.
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The full text of the notification email was posted online last week on AboveTheLaw:
From: Victor Gold
Date: March 19, 2014 at 5:28:35 PM PDT
Cc: John Hoyt
Subject: Financial Aid Office Notice About Privacy
This message is to inform you of a recent security breach that affects you. A document containing some of your personal information was inadvertently emailed from the Financial Aid Office to 14 Loyola Law School students at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The information included name, internal system ID number (not student ID number), Social Security number, graduation year, academic status (not grades) and program (JD, LLM), as well as loan type and amount, for some students graduating in spring 2014. The 14 recipients, all members of the class graduating in May 2014, were each contacted and asked to purge the file from their systems and confirm the deletion once complete.
The Law School takes privacy seriously. It acts in strict adherence with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It already has security procedures in place to prevent data loss, and the administration has confirmed that this was an isolated incident. The Law School will review its privacy and security protocol in light of this incident to prevent a similar occurrence.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Privacy Protection website at http://www.privacy.ca.gov offers tips for those whose information has been compromised, including contacting the three credit bureaus, instituting a fraud alert on your credit file and reviewing your credit reports. Affected students may wish to consider monitoring their credit reports. Free credit reports are available at www.creditcarma.com and www.annualcreditreport.com. The three credit bureaus are:
§ Equifax: 800-525-6285 or www.equifax.com
§ Experian: 888-397-3742 or www.experian.com
§ TransUnion: 800-680-7289 or www.transunion.com
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this matter. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact John Hoyt, associate dean for enrollment management, at 213-736-1047 or [email protected]
Dean, Loyola Law School
Senior Vice President, Loyola Marymount University
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015