Do students have a right to privacy of their academic information? What should you do when a company is able to track down all your students’ information due to a data breach? How can students maintain their right to privacy?
A company named Illuminate was able to track down students’ grades and attendances due to a data breach. The DOE released a statement informing parents of this breach of the student information database. The hackers had access to students’ names, date of births, ethnicities, student IDs, and special education and lunch statuses.
There have been sentiments from DOE Chancellor David C. Banks: “We are outraged that Illuminate represented to us and schools that legally required, industry standard critical safeguards were in in place when they were not. We have demanded and will be independently verifying claims that Illuminate has increased protection.” We recently completed the investigation regarding unauthorized access of our systems and determined that some personal information was resolved,” an Illuminate representative told The Journal.
Students have a right to have their information private. Data breaches should not be tolerated and must be eliminated by taking more preventative measures. After all, students’ information is just as valuable as adults’. No hacker or any tech company has the right to hack into students’ information without consent from schools.
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