Point Park U. investigating disappearance of employee payroll data

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Private financial records of about 1,800 Point Park University employees may be at risk because their personal data didn't show up as expected with a payroll delivery.

In a letter to employees, Point Park University president Paul Hennigan said the university expected a package from Ceridian, its payroll processing vendor, about Feb. 27.

"When this package arrived at the university, we discovered that it was missing all of the accompanying reports, including personal information for our employees, including your name, home address, Social Security number and wage information. Some reports contained further information regarding some, but not all, employees. This further information may include birth date, bank account number and bank routing number," the letter said.

Although the matter is still under investigation by the university, Ceridian and a third-party shipping service, Mr. Hennigan said he wanted to alert employees so they could "take any precautions" they think necessary.

"We have not received any evidence that the personal information of our employees has been misused, or that the missing report was stolen, but I want to assure you that the university is taking this matter very seriously," Mr. Hennigan wrote.

The university plans to send employees a notice providing one year of identity monitoring and identity restoration services at no cost to them.

Lou Corsaro, managing director of marketing and public relations for Point Park University, said a law firm engaged by the university estimates 1,800 people are affected.

Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955. First Published March 5, 2014 11:56 AM

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