NYC students’ personal info left on street in careless breach

For your “Why is this still happening in 2016?” file:

Just one day after New York State Education Department announced it has appointed its first Chief Privacy Officer, WABC reports:

In a shocking breach of confidential information, names, addresses, even social security numbers for students and parents were found outside a Bronx school.

Records with students' personal information left outside PS 236 in New York. Reported by WABC.
Records with students’ personal information left outside PS 236 in New York. Reported by WABC.

Eyewitness News has learned exclusively that the pile of papers contain extremely personal documents, including private medical information and social security numbers of students, documents that no one outside the school is supposed to see, but that were left fully exposed on the street for anyone to see.

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The papers were apparently left by workers at the Langston Hughes Young Explorers Academy, also called PS 236.

They are from the 2007-2008 school year, but many contain up to date addresses and phone numbers of students and parents, and potentially embarrassing medical information along with social security numbers.

Read more on WABC.

I wish our new Chief Privacy Officer much luck and success in improving student privacy and data security protections.

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