MA: Release of employees’ partial Social Security numbers troubles Worcester teachers, School Committee members

Scott O’Connell reports:

Teachers and School Committee members are looking for answers from the School Department in the wake of the district’s release of personal information for thousands of school employees to a testing company last year.

According to Worcester Superintendent Maureen Binienda, the district’s IT department opted to use the last four digits of employees’ Social Security numbers as a password for their entry to a portal run by a testing company called Renaissance, which the Worcester schools began contracting with last year. The rationale, she said, was that it would be an easy password for employees to remember when they signed on.

D’oh?

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