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University iPhone app discloses students personal information

University of Washington students are a little concerned over a new iPhone app that makes their personal information visible to the general public, according to a local news report.

As part of federal law, said Bob Roseth, director of university news and information, the school’s directory is available to the public. Students’ personal information, including their full name, phone number and email address can all be obtained through the app.

Mr. Roseth added that students can choose not to make their information public when they register and students can remove their information anytime on the registrar’s Web site.

Anyone can download and access the UW app, no matter whether they’re a student or not. E-mail addresses, class year, major and other information are also accessible on the directory.

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