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[Dataloss] Va. Lost Data for More Than 100, 000 Adult-Education Students

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 12:35:05 CDT


A flash drive containing personal information for more than 103,000 former
adult education students in Virginia was misplaced last month, state
education officials reported today.

Officials do not to believe the information, which includes names, Social
Security numbers, and demographic information, has been found or is being
misused, but they are urging former students to take steps to prevent
identity theft, said Education Department spokesman Charles Pyle.

"Protecting the privacy of students is a solemn obligation, and the
Virginia Department of Education...has policies and secure systems to
safeguard data and prevent the loss or misuse of personal information,"
said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright in a
statement today. "However, no policy or system is immune from human

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