Ca: Laptop theft could be massive file breach

The local public school board is scrambling to alert some students and their parents whose records and personal information are reportedly on a stolen laptop computer.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board communications officer Kerry Donnell outlined, in a statement released to the press Tuesday, the steps being taken to alert those who may be affected by the theft.

“On Wednesday, Nov. 10, a break-in occurred at Prince of Wales Public School. A vice-principal’s laptop was stolen from a locked office. The police were called, a report was taken and the investigation is ongoing.


Donnell said an “internal investigation revealed that the laptop may have contained student information dating back to 2005. Those students may now be in secondary school. The investigation also revealed that information stored on the laptop included various photographs of students engaging in school related activities from September 2009 to November 2010. In no instances were the first and last names of students associated with these photographs. The laptop may have also contained some internal communications with respect to individual students, such as the student’s name and notations regarding educational needs.”

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