D.C. accidentally uploads private data of 12,000 students

Perry Stein reports:

The private information of about 12,000 D.C. Public Schools students was accidently uploaded to a publicly accessible website, the District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced Thursday in an internal memo.

The information, which was online for several hours Tuesday, has been taken down.

Officials said someone in the office uploaded the data to a public D.C. Council account at Dropbox — the online service offers large amounts of digital storage space — ahead of a council oversight hearing on the education department.

All 12,000 students, who attend public and charter schools in kindergarten through 12th grade, are part of the Individualized Education Program, which provides tailored education plans for students with special needs.

The information included each student’s identification number, race, age, school, disabilities and any services he or she receives.

Read more on The Washington Post, where you’ll learn that this is not the first time D.C. has exposed students’ personal information.

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