“I was surprised they were that negligent,” said Austin Adams, 21, a rising senior.
Tech said in a list of “frequently asked questions” sent to students about the disclosure that they have revoked access of student data to the workers involved pending its investigation.
"Clearly, additional (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)training will be done, but actions must be and will be taken to go beyond a review of policy," Tech said in the FAQ.
That’s not good enough, several students said.
Daniel Fridkin, 19, who’ll be a second-year student this fall, asked why Tech had such detailed information in a spreadsheet. He said such data should have been in a access-protected server.
“The problem is not a human problem,” Fridkin said. “It’s an infrastructure problem.”
Fridkin also criticized Tech for saying it won’t change student identification numbers because it is a “complex process and could create other problems.” Fridkin said Tech should be able to warehouse such student data multiple ways and said Tech’s response shows how “archaic it is.”
Data breaches and disclosures are becoming commonplace, from a discovery earlier this year that a SunTrust employee wrongly accessed basic information about 1.5 million customers to multiple data breaches of millions of Georgia voters in recent years.
Third-year student Vivek Rajasekar, 20, wants leadership changes at Tech, saying the disclosure “represents nothing short of gross negligence, if not gross incompetence.”
Some students said this is not the first data disclosure. Tech officials were unable Thursday to answer questions about prior disclosures or the information shared in the emails has been used to access to harm students.
Adams summed up the thoughts of many Tech students.
“I just want them to be more careful,” he said.