Personal info of 18,000 Nashville students exposed on the web (updated)

The Associated Press reports that the Tennessee Department of Education has announced that a private contractor, Public Consulting Group, accidentally exposed personal information of more than 18,000 Nashville public school students and 6,000 of their parents on the web from December 28 through March 31, when the problem was discovered by a parent.

Information on the students included names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

Updated Apr. 9: Amy Griffith Graydon of theCityPaper reports:

Boston-based Public Consulting Group (PCG), the company that inadvertently leaked Metro student and parent data, reports that the information was accessed only four times in the three months that it was publicly searchable through Google. Company officials say the information is no longer accessible, as it has been cleared from Google’s caches.

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