Ca: Yukon education department accidentally leaks student data

Chris Windeyer reports:

A few errant keystrokes by an education department worker exposed the data of more than 500 Yukon students, according to a notification obtained by CBC News.

“[T]he breach involves a risk of significant harm to your privacy,” reads the letter to affected students. The letter says names, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and social insurance numbers were all included.

The leak took place when a department employee included an unidentified person’s email address when forwarding a spreadsheet containing the data of students who applied to a post-secondary grant program to colleagues.

Read more at CBC.

You’d hope that by now, schools would have solutions/preventive measures in place rather than just relying upon personnel to check their work before they hit “send.” This is the second report like this we’ve seen this week, the other one being a U.K. incident.

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