uWaterloo apologizes for accidental exposure of personal info

February 26, 2014

The University of Waterloo is apologizing to 56,000 applicants and 18,000 people named as application references after having accidentally shared personal information online. According to The Record, personal information that could have been seen by other applicants includes an applicant's ID number (but not their name), prior schools attended, GPAs at prior schools, program being applied to and standardized test scores. "We're extremely sorry," says uWaterloo VP External Relations Tim Jackson. "We take data and security very seriously." Jackson added that “this is not a case of hacking. This is not a case where someone did something malicious. It was simply an administrative error, where an option that is normally available to staff had been turned on and had not been turned off, as it should have been for external applicants." Once uWaterloo was made aware of the error, it sent emails to all who were potentially affected, and notified Ontario's privacy commissioner. The Record