School District in Maryland Stops Collection of Social Security Numbers

Allen Etzler reports:

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) is no longer collecting Social Security numbers under the district’s new data security policy.

Director of Technology Infrastructure Edward Gardner, who oversaw the development of the new data policy, said the school system would not collect student Social Security numbers “unless explicitly necessary,” and he could not think of a reason it would be.

This comes nearly a year after the school system learned of a data breach that exposed the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of nearly 1,000 students who attended FCPS schools in 2005-2006.

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