D.C. Public School System Accidentally Uploads Private Data for 12,000 Students

UH-OH: On Thursday, February 11, D.C. Public Schools' Office of the State Superintendent of Education sent around an internal memo announcing that private data for 12,000 DCPS students was accidentally uploaded to a public D.C. Council account on Dropbox. The 12,000 students are all part of the "Individualized Education Program," which refers to students with special needs. “I am deeply disappointed by this situation,” wrote Hanseul Kang, the state superintendent of education, in the letter to colleagues. “Our families deserve to know that their students’ personal information is being kept confidential and secure in the education system.”

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