Notice to Students – June 12, 2006

 

Dear 

 

On the evening of June 6, San Francisco State University became aware of the theft of a laptop computer belonging to a faculty member in the College of Business which contained the names and some personally identifiable information for certain COB students and alumni.  More than 95% of the names were those of former, not current, students. 

 

We have determined that approximately 3,000 student names, with other personally identifiable information, were on the stolen laptop.   I am writing to let you know that your name was among them. The personal information included full social security numbers for some students, partial social security numbers for others, and, in some cases, phone numbers or GPAs.  Let me reassure you that no financial information such as credit card numbers was included on any of the student records on the laptop.  However, California Senate Bill 1386 requires any state agency, including San Francisco State, that has computerized data containing personal information, to disclose any security breach of a system (in this case, the laptop) containing such data whose unencrypted personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person.

 

There is no indication that the thief targeted confidential information or will use it for any unlawful purpose.  Nonetheless, we suggest that you be on the alert for any misuse of your personal information. The following Web site contains a wealth of useful information about defending against or responding to identity theft – including information on how to obtain a free credit report:

California Office of Privacy Protection - Identity Theft

 

 You might also wish to contact the Social Security Administration fraud line at 1-800-269-0271.

 

San Francisco State University has strong information protection policies and is committed to working actively and consistently to maintain privacy for all students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  We do not anticipate problems for those of you whose names were on the stolen laptop.  However, we stand ready to answer any questions or provide any assistance you may need.  Please refer to the Registrar’s Office Web Page with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about this incident at, http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/ferpa.html

 

Please feel free to call me at (415) 338-2823 or email me at suzanne@sfsu.edu.

 

Suzanne Dmytrenko,

University Registrar