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Defend your data: Don’t store personal tax information on any WVU computer

Information Technology Services has found roughly 3,800 personal tax returns and 800 W2 forms, including Social Security numbers, stored on some 700 WVU-owned computers. Storing this data is a violation of WVU policies and creates the risk of having your personal information compromised. To protect your privacy and keep your financial and banking information private, do not save this data on any University machine.

WVU’s Acceptable Use Policy gives the University the right to monitor technology resources to ensure compliance with applicable laws, policies and standards. That means users should have no expectation of privacy for anything they create, store, send or receive on WVU machines.

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