UK issues apology after incident of releasing personal information

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 15:21:57-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto released a statement apologizing for an incident that involved personal information of some students and staff members.

"The university was notified this weekend that a spreadsheet that the University’s contact tracing team was utilizing – containing the names of several hundred students and a small number of employees – was not appropriately protected," said Capilouto in a statement.

"It may have been viewed by people with university email addresses who were not on the tracing team. While not an external security incident with respect to University systems, this was, without question, a regrettable error. We deeply apologize for it and will do everything possible to make it right on behalf of our students and employees."

The university added that some personal information – including a name, date of birth and negative test result – may have been viewed by people with university email addresses who should not have had access. None of the data involved social security numbers.

The university is reaching out early this week to those students and employees who may have been impacted.