SC: Ex-official alleges Clemson sold computers with private data

Tim Smith reports:

A former Clemson University official suing the university alleges in court documents it sold surplus computers with confidential personal information on them and tried to conceal it from the public — allegations the school denies.

Eugene Troutman, a former Clemson board secretary, alleges that when Clemson officials learned computers had been sold with such information, they took “deliberate actions to conceal this from the public.”

Clemson officials denied they attempted to hide anything from the public.

Cathy Sams, a Clemson spokeswoman, said Monday the university doesn’t know for certain if any computers were ever sold with sensitive information on them. She said a 2007 audit found some examples of computers being prepared for sale with such information.

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