Boston Public Schools' vendor loses flash drive with data on 21,000 students

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The lost drive did not contain student addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers or birthdates, city school officials said in a statement this week.

And, none of the information stored on the lost drive can be used by an unauthorized person to access student records or log-in to any electronic systems. The city school system said it requires additional validation – such as a parents’ name, birthdate or address – before releasing student information.

The flash drive contained .pdf image files that are used to print 21,054 OneCard ID badges for students across 36 schools that span grades 6 through 12, officials said. Elementary schools, K-8 schools and stand-alone middle schools were not affected.

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