Stanford University’s Department of Public Safety Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Stanford University regarding a recent data breach at its Department of Public Safety (“Stanford DPS”). The Stanford DPS data breach involved personal identifiable information belonging to over 27,000 individuals.


Stanford DPS is the law enforcement and public safety department of Stanford University. Today, Stanford DPS provides safety, security, law enforcement, crime prevention, and emergency response services for Stanford’s main campus (in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.3 Additionally, Stanford DPS works closely and cooperatively with federal, state, and local agencies to prevent, address, and investigate criminal activity.3 Stanford DPS’ main office is located on Stanford University’s campus in Stanford, California.


Recently, Stanford DPS discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed and acquired. Through its investigation, Stanford DPS determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information during a ransomware attack between May 12, 2023, and September 27, 2023. On March 11, 2024, Stanford University began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information potentially exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number

If you received a breach notification letter from Stanford University's Office of the Chief Risk Officer:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or

If you were impacted by the Stanford DPS data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by Stanford University:
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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