Joe Henke and Lauren Padgett report:
A former volunteer with DeKalb County Schools was shocked by what she found when she typed her own name into Google recently – an image of her driver’s license posted online.
Houde volunteered with DeKalb County Public Schools as a room parent when her children attended school in the district. She said she had applied for a substitute teacher position – and for both roles, she needed to scan and send in a copy of her photo ID. When that image popped up in Google, she traced it back to the district website.
The district confirmed the folder had been online since 2016. The data was secure, as of Dec. 22, until the district’s cloud-based web server crashed due to a vendor-related event. The server was restored on Dec. 24, but the crash had corrupted security software. The data was then unsecure and publicly available online until 11Alive brought it to the district’s attention.
Read more on 11Alive, where you will find a lot more detail about the exposed files (approximately 3,000 of them ) and other details.