‘Glitch’ publishes private info of more than 100 Oakland Community College students

Diana Dillaber Murray reports that a “computer glitch” is being blamed for students’ information being exposed on the Internet:

Oakland Community College is investigating how personal information of more than 100 students in connection with student loans became available on the college website.

The information has been removed from the website and OCC officials are working with search engines to remove the information that was already stored on Google, said George Cartsonis, OCC spokesman.


Personal information such as social security numbers and addresses of 129 students went on the college website last Friday afternoon.

The information was removed from the college website as of 10 a.m. Monday, after one of the affected students notified OCC of the issue.

Read more on Oakland Press. It’s not clear to me that the data really first “went on the college website” on Friday. That just may be when it was noticed.

I wonder how they’re going to discipline “glitch” for this….

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2 comments to “‘Glitch’ publishes private info of more than 100 Oakland Community College students”

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  1. Joe - April 28, 2013

    Well this is a brilliant article. Let’s announce this to the world that 100+ students have had their personal information compromised and inform them of where it is. Why don’t you remove this article until the problem is solved.

    • Dissent - April 28, 2013

      I’ve often delayed publication of breaches to give entities a chance to clean up. In this case, I didn’t because the college gave a public statement about it and it was in the Oakland Press. Maybe you should ask them why they published instead of delaying.

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