Responding to security concerns, University of Florida officials last week removed student identification numbers from a directory on the university’s web site, reports the Gainesville Sun. Officials said there’s little risk the numbers could be used for mischief. But a UF student who first raised the issue questioned whether the numbers could be used to access student records and other personal information. "It’s kind of like a Social Security number for UF," said Chris Rakaczky, a freshman computer engineering major. "It should be held to that kind of standard." The ID numbers were created to move away from identifying students by their Social Security numbers, said Chuck Frazier, chief information officer for UF. The numbers are used only inside the university, he said, adding: "They mean something only in UF." He said there is no evidence the numbers were used improperly, but they were removed as a precautionary step. "We always take these things seriously," he said…

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