School Data Breaches Leave Young Children Vulnerable
Your child's school is required to track each student for a variety of reasons, such as offering free federally-subsidized meals and for charting educational progress. This places a wealth of personal information into the hands of schools - from birth certificates and Social Security numbers, to immunization records and IQ test results.
For information to be useful, it must be shared. Unfortunately, the more it is shared, the more opportunities there are for data security breaches. Your child's information is floating between school district personnel, teachers, administrative assistants and school nurses.
During the 2013-14 school year multiple instances of student data breaches have been reported:
Midland, Texas-The names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 14,000 students were on the hard drive of a laptop stolen from a district administrator's car.
Chesterfield, Virginia-130 elementary school students were sent home with the personal information of other students including Social Security numbers, birth dates and birth certificate numbers.
Chicago-The names, birth dates and identification numbers of 2,000 students were posted online after the children took a free vision exam at school.
Denver-Confidential medical records were on a thumb drive stolen from the car of a school nurse.
Louden County, Virginia-A third party vendor accidentally exposed information online including the names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and birth places of students. Every school was involved, with the potential to impact 71,000 students.
Miami-The FBI reports that a school food service worker and co-conspirators used student Social Security numbers to file about 400 phony tax returns (U.S. vs. Rhim-Grant, et al.)
- Asked by kismet331
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