Thursday, April 7, 2011

Unlucky LISD, it's the only district whose "lost" records are still missing

Oh Wherefore are thou SS #s ?

Excerpted from The Texas Tribune, by Morgan Smith

The Social Security Numbers of 164,406 students who graduated from eight Texas school districts over the past two decades were placed at risk for identity theft because they were sent unencrypted via the mail, according to internal Texas Education Agency documents obtained by the Texas Tribune.

“At a minimum, 164,406 individuals were at risk for identity theft or other avoidable risks,” Harkrider wrote in the memo.The Tribune reported in March that the agency had indeed misplaced the Social Security numbers of 24,903 current and former Laredo ISD high school students.

A TEA spokeswoman told the Tribune today that Laredo ISD's data set is the only one believed to be missing. The January memo says the agency has since destroyed the CDs from the eight districts whose information it did receive.

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