Maricopa County Community College District

Privacy advocate files complaint with FTC over Maricopa County Community College District data breach

The 2013 breach at Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD)  in Arizona affected approximately 2.5 million faculty, staff, vendors, and students, making it the largest breach involving student information ever reported by a U.S. institution of higher education. A complaint by this privacy advocate alleges violations of the Safeguards Rule.  Having researched and reported on breaches for...

Commentary: We need a congressional inquiry into the MCCCD breach

President Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The buck stops here.” We could use more of that accountability when it comes to data breaches in the education sector. Back in 2006, when I first began blogging about data breaches on PogoWasRight.org, I covered a series of breaches at Ohio University. One of the things...

Another notice of claim filed against MCCCD following massive breach

Another lawsuit has been filed against Maricopa County Community College District. From the press release by the law firm: Gallagher & Kennedy has served the Maricopa County Community College District with another notice of class-action claims on behalf of approximately 2.5 million students, parents and others whose private, confidential information was compromised in a massive...

MCCCD IT Employees: ‘District knew about security concerns’

Within hours of DataBreaches.net reporting litigation against Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and statements by employees claiming that MCCCD is attempting to cover up its lax security by blaming employees, two (other) employees have started publicly revealing more details. Greg Argos of CBS5 (KPHO) reports that the two have come forward with documents to support...

Arizona law firm files notice of claim over Maricopa County Community College District breach; class-action lawsuit to follow?

I’m somewhat surprised this took so long. Back in October, I blogged about a breach involving the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) in Arizona. The breach involved sensitive information such as names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and bank account information of 2.49 million students, former students, vendors and employees.  Judging by the almost 100 comments...

Breach at Maricopa Community Colleges may cost $14 million

Mary Beth Faller reports: A massive data breach at Maricopa Community Colleges was a result of staff errors in the information technology department, and the estimated cost of fixing the problem and aiding victims could rise as high as $14 million. An official with the Maricopa County Community College District said an outside consultant...

Maricopa Community Colleges notifies 2.5M after data security breach (update 6)

Tim Gallen and Mike Sunnucks report: The Maricopa County Community College District is notifying nearly 2.5 million students, former students, vendors and employees because their personal information may have been exposed in a security breach. The Tempe-based college district announced today that it is contacting 2.49 million students, employees and suppliers that their information...