The data was not encrypted. He is one of many poor CS faculty at UTA, all conveniently guarded by each other, so I guess I shouldn't expect more from him in that area. More importantly, though, Springston should not have had this data on his personal computers, and he should not have had Social Security numbers at all. Furthermore, even without the concern of theft, I seriously question his personal need for years-old private student data. It is suspicious in the least.
The UTA PR department is already trying to bury the issue with vague claims of new efforts to hire a system-wide CIO who would be responsible for all 15 UT system campuses. Springston responds to the student newspaper with "no comment" each time they attempt to interview him.
I feel like the university should do more, including seeking disciplinary action against Springston. What can I do, short of keeping an eye on my credit and letting Springston et al. get away with yet another blunder?
P.S.: No, I don't know if he has any relation to Jerry Taylor from Tuttle (quite a resemblance, though, in more ways than just appearance).