TX: Katy ISD notifies parents after third-party error by SunGard K-12

Shelby Webb reports:

Katy ISD warned about 78,000 of its students and staff members that their personal data – including social security numbers, names and birth dates – may have been accessed during a security breach.

Katy officials notified parents in a letter dated Oct. 7, more than a month after it learned of the breach on Aug. 31. The data affects students and staff who were at the district during the 2013-2014 school year.

SunGard K-12, a third-party company that works with Katy ISD’s student data management system, told Katy officials that an employee accidentally copied student information and uploaded it to a software application used by 29 other school districts. Hackers were not involved.

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