- Broward College
- Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Northwest Florida State College
- Pensacola State College
- South Florida Community College
- Tallahassee Community College
These six colleges were affected by the leak because their borrower records were included in temporary files that were being processed at the time the exposure occurred. According to a report in the Miami Herald, Miami Dade College, along with 20 other institutions, was not affected by the leak.
The final tally was around 126,000 students, faculty, and staff members of these colleges that had personal information posted online. While the CCLA acknowledges that the information appears to have been viewed by unauthorized individuals, there is no evidence at this time that the data has been misused.
This video explains how to prevent privacy and security breaches.
- Protect your social security number
- Use care when giving out personal information
- Shred papers before throwing them away
- Retrieve mail right away and put a hold on delivery when out of town
- Check bills and bank statements promptly for errors
- Check credit reports at least once a year for discrepancies
- Guard personal information on your computer
- Stop pre-approved credit card offers by calling 888-5OPTOUT
- Use caution when shopping online
The key to catching identity theft before it starts is to remain vigilant of your personal and financial information. If something appears erroneous on a statement, report the discrepancy to the appropriate agency immediately. The longer you wait before reporting a problem, the greater likelihood that an identity thief will be able to do a significant amount of damage to your identity. In some cases, it can take years to work through financial and credit problems caused by identity theft.
This video offers a detailed look at how to prevent security breaches in your organization.
Individuals at many Florida colleges realized the value of their personal information when they were notified that the information had been compromised. Fortunately, the problem was discovered before real problems occurred, and students and faculty can still take necessary measures to protect themselves.
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