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

Information Technology Services reminds all employees and students that they should NEVER store personal financial information on University-owned computers.

All employees should have received a paper copy of their W-2 from WVU Tax Services by January 31. Although W-2 forms are also available to print from MyAccess, DO NOT download or save a copy of this document to a University machine.

Sending Social Security numbers and credit card data via email or storing on a University computer creates the risk of having your personal information compromised. Protect your privacy and keep your financial and banking information private.

WVU’s Sensitive Data Protection Policy outlines that Social Security and credit card numbers should never be stored on University machines, except where required by state or federal law. WVU’s Acceptable Use Policy gives the University the right to monitor technology resources to ensure compliance with the Sensitive Data Protection Policy. To reduce the risk of exposure of financial data, ITS has been identifying and deleting credit card information detected on University machines since February 2017.