Kansas State University is notifying 45 students who were enrolled in an agricultural economics class in spring 2001 that some of their personal information was inadvertently exposed on the internet through a K-State departmental web site--underscoring the danger of using Social Security numbers as student identifiers.

The students whose information was affected were enrolled in AGEC 490, "Computer Applications in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness," during the spring semester of 2001. Names, Social Security numbers, and grades of those students have been inadvertently exposed online since 2001, the university said.

University information security staff were made aware of the problem last week.

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