The Social Security numbers, home addresses, and phone contacts for at least 300 students who applied for admission to Cal Poly Pomona six years ago were unintentionally disclosed online, reports the Los Angeles Times. The personal information remained on the university server and accessible to the public for about five years, school officials said. The applicants were notified last week and urged to contact credit reporting agencies. The personal information "was mistakenly put in a publicly accessible folder on a university server in November 2003, and Google and other search-engine companies mined the data," according to a university statement. The file containing the applicants’ data was removed from the university server in November 2008, when it came to the attention of campus officials that it was publicly accessible. But school officials were unaware that some of the contents of the file were retained in keyword indexes maintained by Google until a former student applicant notified the university. Cal Poly Pomona is hardly alone in the situation; internet security breaches have occurred at universities nationwide over the years. Stephanie Doda, chief information officer at Cal Poly Pomona, said in a statement that the university had taken steps to correct potential problems…

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