UVA to Send Notices to Students about...

UVA to Send Notices to Students about Mailing Mishap

There are 14 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jul 16, 2013, titled UVA to Send Notices to Students about Mailing Mishap. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The University of Virginia is finalizing notices that will alert more than 18,000 students that their Social Security numbers were exposed.

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Palmyra, VA

#1 Jul 18, 2013
Damage done!
it aint all that

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jul 18, 2013
Ah yes, good ol' UVA...

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jul 18, 2013
who wants to assume the identity of an pimply, debt-ridden sob who can't buy a beer

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Jul 18, 2013
UVa should have never given Aetna access to SSN to begin with. Let the student have the health info., and if they're interested in it,let themselves give out their own SSN.

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jul 18, 2013
Program ran a script that queried more than it should have. No oversight, no one checked. 18,000 imprints later someone noticed?
Exposure yes, odds than someone will exploit are almost zero, unless someone threw them all in the trash or dumped them in the middle of the Corner.

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jul 18, 2013
OOOOOOOOOOo..someone in the compoooter dept is agonna geta smack.

Troy, VA

#7 Jul 18, 2013
wait a minute-I'm confused perhaps. The SSN numbers were 'not identified or formatted as SSN numbers'? what are those two words beginning with the letter "S" and to the left of the word 'Number' in the image presented by the NewsTeam ?
I knew it

Staunton, VA

#8 Jul 19, 2013
"the numbers were not identified or formatted as Social Security numbers."

What is the big red word on the envelope in the photo. Clearly states, "Social Security Number."

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Jul 19, 2013

The mailing my child got did not identify it as a SSN. It appears as 9 digits above the name and below another printed line.

In all reality, I'm betting 99.9% of the crooks would not have given it a second glance if they were going through mail.

Just going to use this as a "teaching moment' for my children and sign up for the credit monitoring. The incident highlights better than I EVER could, the importance of safeguarding your personal data.

Granted I DO wonder HOW in this day and age they could have screwed up so monumentally.
Fred Sanford

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jul 19, 2013
i bet ya dem parents was mad as hell. now someone gonna pretend dey Forrest or Muffy or Grayson or Chip or Kenzie or Tripp or Chloe.... dang
Steppping Back

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Jul 19, 2013
People, people, people:

The big, red words on the envelope were intentionally **added after the fact** to the sample photo you see above in order to clarify for readers what was on each envelope.

As noted in Skidog's post above, the envelopes did *not* contain the words:

Social Security Number
Student Name
Student Address
UVA Student

Marietta, GA

#12 Jul 19, 2013

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Jul 20, 2013
UVA Student wrote:
that seems perfectly reasonable, and the least they could do
Rob Stern

Arlington, VA

#14 Jul 22, 2013
This is a very sad situation. These mailings could be seen by carriers, roommates, front desk clerks, and if not properly disposed of, anyone who seeks out private information with evil intent. In the near future there will be two types of data in this country, public, and soon to become public.

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