Education Sector

HK: Data of 15,000 NUS alumni leaked

Tan Weizhen reports: Computer security is being beefed up across the National University of Singapore (NUS) after sensitive data of more than 15,000 alumni members was leaked in an e-mail. On April1, the NUS Career Centre sent an e-mail to about 450 NUS alumni, all of whom graduated last year, to invite them to...

TX: Box With Private Information Found Outside Elementary School

Monica Balderrama reports that following up on a phone call, KFOX found a box with personal information of hundreds of teachers, students and parents outside of Eastwood Knolls Elementary School in the Ysleta School District. The documents, which included school registration forms, immunization records and copies of birth certificates, as well as a roster...

Penn State reports second breach in 2009

Penn State does not seem to be having a great year in terms of data security and malware. Indeed, when I saw the newest incident in my newsreader, I skipped it at first, thinking it was a previously reported breach, but it’s not. On March 23, the University confirmed that 10,868 Social Security numbers...

CT: Glitch Leads to Campus Gmail Vulnerability

Seen on The Wesleyan Argus: When Information Technology Services (ITS) switched Wesleyan’s e-mail to Gmail in January of this year, students were able to log into other students’ e-mails for about a month by typing in a username and leaving the password field blank. This glitch has been but one of a multitude of...

City of Lawrence to pay for credit monitoring for snooping victims

Jill Harmacinski of The Eagle-Tribune reports that the city of Lawrence (Massachusetts) will be paying for free credit reports for more than 400 people subjected to questionable background checks by the School Department. Officials are now trying to figure out how many of the more than 400 background checks were actually legitimate checks for...

Personal info of 18,000 Nashville students exposed on the web (updated)

The Associated Press reports that the Tennessee Department of Education has announced that a private contractor, Public Consulting Group, accidentally exposed personal information of more than 18,000 Nashville public school students and 6,000 of their parents on the web from December 28 through March 31, when the problem was discovered by a parent. Information...

NZ: Privacy authority joins inquiry

Janine Rankin reports: The Privacy Commission will investigate how schools released schoolgirls’ contact details as part of the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination programme. The programme’s planned to continue next year to reach another three year groups, and in future will be routine for Year 8s. Assistant privacy commissioner Katrine Evans said getting the...