Jersey City school district probing apparent data breach involving students’ personal info
Terrence T. McDonald reports:
The Jersey City school district is investigating how a Sherman Avenue charter school obtained personal information about district students, data that parents believe the charter school used to mail the students and their parents registration forms last month.
Schools Superintendent Marcia V. Lyles revealed some details of the investigation at a citywide meeting with parents last night, with attendees telling The Jersey Journal that Lyles said METS Charter School obtained students’ names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and possibly even social security numbers.
METS may have accessed the information via district computers that weren’t safeguarded to keep outsiders from obtaining student data, Lyles said, according to parents who attended the meeting.
“We are currently trying to determine what happened,” district spokeswoman Maryann Dickar told The Jersey Journal in an email. “We have had conversations with METS Charter and we expect resolution early next week.”
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