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Personal data of TWU students in Denton, Dallas and Houston
HOUSTON — Texas Woman’s University is notifying
approximately 15,000 students that their personal data has
been exposed to potential identity theft.
The personal data
of all students who were enrolled at TWU in the calendar year
2005 was exposed. The personal data includes names, addresses
and Social Security Numbers. This exposure affects the university’s
three campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston.
discovered earlier this week that IRS 1098-T Tuition Statement
data for 2005 was transmitted to an outside vendor via a non-secure
connection. The data was briefly exposed only during transmission
and is now secure.
At this time TWU
has no indication that this data has been accessed or used
by anyone. However, the university recognizes the seriousness
of this exposure and the need to inform the affected students
as quickly as possible.
University deeply regrets that this personal information was
inadvertently exposed to potential identity theft,”
TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart said. “We are notifying all
the affected students by letter and by email. We also have
established a Data Exposure Response website and hotline,
and provided information to students that will help them protect
their personal information.”
Students can visit
www.twu.edu and click on the “Data
Exposure Response” link for more information. Those
without access to the Internet may call the TWU Data Exposure
Response Hotline at 940-898-3840, 940-898-3841 or 940-898-3842.
Calls will be returned from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday beginning Tuesday, Dec. 26 (excluding New Year’s
Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456