The Circleville City School District in Ohio is investigating an issue with a computer program that led to the potential data breach of more than 600 students’ Social Security numbers, according to the Circleville Herald.
Student ID cards distributed at the district’s high school were discovered to have been printed with the students’ Social Security numbers on them. The cards were supposed to have their student identification number on them – a six-digit number that makes it easier to follow a student through school, even if they change districts.
The mistake with the printed cards was discovered before they were widely distributed. Officials said about 50 kids had them when the district found out it was an issue. Students were instructed to return their cards to the school office and along with the remaining cards CHS principal Chris Thornsley personally marked them off a checklist to make sure all were accounted for. The cards were then shredded at the district office.
District officials cite a database error for the mistake and said they are working with the South Central Ohio Computer Association (SCOCA) to determine what caused the system to upload Social Security numbers instead of the student ID numbers.
The cards were manufactured by what the same photography company that processes school photos each year, for the last six years. They were contacted, and assured the district that all electronic files and any paper copies they may have printed were destroyed. Parents were alerted about the incident by an all-call through the district’s telephone alert system.
Read more [here[(http://www.circlevilletoday.com/news/officials-believe-student-ss-numbers-safe-despite-id-card-mistake/article_b7987baf-1b15-533a-b189-4852b5b46728.html).