Define That Term #137
Monday's NY Blawg Round Up

Doh! Brooklyn Law School Lets the Cat Out of the Bag.

I'm glad I wasn't in Brooklyn Law School's pool of applicants this year.  As reported in this article, the law school made the unfortunate error of printing academic calendars for its entering class of 2006, consisting of 495 students, on the back of internal admissions reports.  The reports contained the personal admissions data or more than two dozen applicants, including three students enrolled in the entering class of 2006. 

Well, you think, it can't be that bad.  How much private information was actually included in the internal admission reports?   Apparently, the answer is a lot:

An e-mail the admissions office sent to the 27 applicants on the morning of Aug. 4 stated: "Specifically, it cited your internal Brooklyn Law School account number, your name, college attended, high LSAT score, undergraduate degree-school GPA, your application status here, merit scholarship award status (if any), gender and ethnicity, as well as several internal index calculations. While some of the data appear coded, some are in plain text."

The good news is that the personal information disclosed was for 27 applicants, all of whom were accepted to the school.  So, presumably, their grades and LSAT scores weren't anything to scoff at. 

The school promised that it will:

(E)nsure that this doesn't happen again "by making sure that outdated internal reports are rounded up and promptly shredded -- such that outdated reports aren't in people's offices that might get put into a copy machine," Haverstick said.

Sounds like a plan.  But, I wonder how the outdated reports were mistakenly placed into the copy machine in the first place.  What a strange turn of events.  And, what an unfortunate result.

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