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Student data sent to 1,100 students accidentally by Georgia Tech employee

The email did not include social security numbers or birth dates.

ATLANTA — Approximately 1,100 students received personal information inadvertently by a Georgia Tech employee, the institution said Thursday. 

The staff member sent an email and, in doing so, attached a file that included student names, ethnicity, Georgia Tech ID numbers, Georgia Tech e-mail addresses, and GPAs. The information did not include social security numbers or birth dates.

"Since being notified of the incident, the Office of Information Technology has worked to recall as many of the emails as possible," a Georgia Tech spokeswoman said in a statement. "We have notified the students impacted by this mistake."

They said an "emergency response team" convened to "evaluate and immediately address the situation." 

"The team will work to implement immediate corrective action and enact comprehensive changes to Georgia Tech’s data governance enterprise," the statement said.

In March, a data breach at Georgia Tech exposed personal information of up to 1.3 million people -- including current and former faculty, students, staff and student applicants.

In that incident, the institute said a central Georgia Tech database was accessed by an unknown person and information security officials are working now to determine the extent of the breach and identify those people who were affected. 


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