Ryerson admits students’ private information exposed

Ryerson admits students’ private information exposed: “

By Michael McKiernan, National Post

A software glitch at Ryerson University has potentially exposed more than 500 students’ personal information.

An update to the university’s student administration system on Nov. 17 meant up to 363 students who registered for courses electronically could have had access to the records of 588 fellow students, including their name, date of birth, student number and, in many cases, their Social Insurance Number.

Ryerson officials were only made aware of the glitch when three students pointed it out to them in late December. The university called in auditors Ernst and Young to investigate and installed a patch that fixed the problem on Jan. 9. Now they have begun the process to contact all the students whose information could have been accessed.

Heather Driscoll, the university’s information and privacy coordinator, could not be reached today, but in a press release, Ryerson said there was ‘no reason to believe there has been any misuse of the personal information in question.’ A review of the university’s privacy policies is underway.

(Via National.)

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