MA: Theft of two registrar’s laptops put Brandeis University students’ data at risk (Updated)

Abby Patkin reports:

Two Apple laptops containing academic and personal information for all students enrolled or taking a course at the University from the summer of 2012 to the present were stolen from the University Registrar, according to a Nov. 12 email sent by Marianne Cwalina, the senior vice president for finance and treasurer. The laptops were stolen at some point over the weekend of Oct. 24 to Oct. 25.

One of the stolen computers contained students’ “names, birth dates, permanent and email addresses, phone numbers, courses, and grades,” according to Cwalina’s email, which went out to students, faculty and staff. “It is also possible that this device contained some Social Security numbers,” according to the email. However, she added, the computers contained no financial or medical information for students, nor did they contain any faculty or staff employment files.

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And no, the data weren’t encrypted. They don’t say how many students had information on the stolen laptops, either.

And here I thought Brandeis was an excellent university. How could they NOT have had better security for student information by now?

Update, Nov. 24th: Here’s a copy of their notification letter to those affected.

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