Thousands of UNT students' personal info. accidentally shared

An email blunder at the University of North Texas put thousands of students' personal information at risk.

While the school is encouraging students to take precautions against identity theft, some of them say that the school needs to be doing more.

A letter it sent to out to students reads, "The College of Business inadvertently emailed a document containing your student ID, last name, first name, telephone number, address, gender, ethnicity, career level, degree plan, transfer hours, cumulative hours, cumulative grade points, GPA and email address to 500 College of Business students."

"There was an employee who was unfamiliar with how to send out an email using the Excel document, so unfortunately, rather than pulling the emails from the Excel document, that document was attached to the email," said UNT spokeswoman Margarita Venegas.

The university will not say if the worker was disciplined. It did say that a policy change and a focus on training have resulted.

UNT junior Katie McClain wants more action to help prevent the possibility of becoming an ID theft or fraud victim, but UNT says it has no plan to offer students free credit monitoring because no social security numbers were included in the breach.

"There's still a huge risk," said McClain. "Anybody can get their hands on it."

UNT says the mistake was realized immediately and it managed to recall the majority of the 500 emails before they were opened, but 77 of the emails that included the personal information were opened or reached invalid addresses.


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