Test group: Some student data released in error



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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The ACT college entrance exam organization says it inadvertently released personal information on some Colorado Springs-area students to other students.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Wednesday (http://tinyurl.com/laoesj6 ) that when ACT sent emails to about 180 students telling them that the test date had changed, it inadvertently attached a list of the students' names, mail and email addresses, birthdates and ACT testing ID numbers.

State education officials say ACT notified the students about what happened and told them the leak didn't include Social Security numbers, credit card information, user ID or password information.

State officials say the leak did not involve any state-held information.

ACT is a not-for-profit organization based in Iowa City, Iowa. It says more than 1.8 million high school students a year take its college entrance exam.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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