LA: New Orleans student Social Security numbers found on auctioned-off laptops

Danielle Dreilinger reports:

State officials announced Friday that the Social Security numbers, names and birthdates of 210 students were left on at least two laptops sold at auction Oct. 11. Those laptops were surplus equipment from the Future Is Now charter group sold after the organization ended its program at John McDonogh High in New Orleans.

In response, the state Division of Administration announced it will now “require agencies to certify electronic media has been appropriately cleared of data before it is reused or auctioned,” following Louisiana regulations, said Dickie Howze, chief information officer for the Division of Administration.

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