Students' Personal Information Exposed

By: Jacquie Slater Email
By: Jacquie Slater Email

Parents in Wakulla County are worried after the social security numbers of thousands of students were accidentally made public.

Superintendent David Miller sent the letter to the parents of more than 2400 students in grades four through ten whose information was accidentally posted on line.

The glitch was found when a parent searched their child's name and found their FCAT scores and social security number available on a public site.

Miller said the School Board immediately launched an investigation.
Within seventy two hours the file had been removed and the threat assessed.

The letter, sent out on November seventh, said officials don't believe the information was accessed by people looking to steal identities. Still, Miller recommends parents watch for anything unusual that may point to inappropriate use of their child's personal information.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:29 AM
    Makes me wonder if this has something to do with all the IRS fraud with the residents of Wakulla County.
  • by Prometheus on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    Wow, is this the brain trust of Wakulla County? This topic has attracted 100% emotion and 0% logical reason. Do you even know what you can do with an SSN (hint: not a whole lot)? Do you know how identities are ACTUALLY "stolen?" Your kids probably post more damaging information on Facebook. Try doing some research, especially on the "dark" side of the Net. And please spare me the "I have a friend..." stories. Be angry by all means, if it makes you feel better, but try to maintain at least an appearance dignity. The reading here is pretty embarrassing (albeit strangely entertaining). And to the conspiracy nuts here: Thank you! I had a good laugh.
  • by Commonsense on Nov 13, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    It is time to clean house in Wakulla - get rid of all incompetents, er, incumbents.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Nov 12, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    "Launched an investigation" Investigation by whom? Has the investigation been completed? If not when? What happened? By whom? What measures are being taken so it will not happen again? Just because the information was removed within 72 hours does not conclude an investigation. The supeintendent should explain the lack of security and measures being taken to correct the problem in the school board offices. The parents need to know.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    The internet "beast" has taken another bite from our lives. This time it's SS numbers of Wakulla County Florida students. When will it end? The beast that controls our live is out of control!
  • by Barbara on Nov 12, 2011 at 04:35 AM
    Parents: Refuse to give Wakulla COunty Schools your child's SSN! It's supposed to be used ONLY for Social Security and tax purposes. Stop it now before the next school year when they will collect more Social Security Numbers from those entering school for the first time!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to Barbara
      Parents & legal guardians of students are allowed to view the students files on demand. Every parent should demand to see their childrens' file and DEMAND the SS numbers be removed as the result of this debacle. Now that I have said that, I know it is impossible to do because the FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, President Jimmy Carter's brainchild, requires the SS number to be a part of the student files.
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        by KS on Nov 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM in reply to
        Then one of these "brilliant" elected officials in the State of Fla should write up a law. They are very good at putting laws out there quick WHEN THEY WANT TO. And REMOVE the soc sec numbers of children from any document on the internet. If there needs to be a soc sec of a child given, it should be in a book, and it should be MAILED, SNAIL MAIL to whatever agency needs it. STOP USING THE GOLL DARNED INTERNET for our personal business. Just because it's convenient does not mean it is SAFE! Hop to it you elected officials drawing all these great benefits and salaries. In the last 2 months I have never reached a live person in Marco Rubio's ofc. I voted for him...WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN. Can't reach a live person in WashDC or in Orlando or any of his offices.
  • by Mad Mom on Nov 11, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    1)FCAT scores were posted when-August? Is that how long the information has been posted? By the way-have any of you people gone to see much you have to do to place a credit alert on your minor child??? I have and it looks like I'm going to be spending some time this weekend putting together packets to send to the credit reporting agencies. I am sick to death of the incompetency in this county!!
  • by irritated mom on Nov 11, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    How long was it up there- months? Ok people, what next? I'm sure the school board wants this to fly over and be forgotten... how do we join together and force them to help us monitor our kids personal info?
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      by Mad Mom on Nov 11, 2011 at 04:44 PM in reply to irritated mom
      Next school board meeting is on Tuesday November 22, at 5:45. I would suggest that we fill the room.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to irritated mom
      The story said it was related to FCAT scores. When were the scores released? June? this would mean that the file could possibly have been up there for 5 months.
  • by gail Location: tallahassee on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    My children went to Wakulla Schools, believe me this is not the first time students social security numbers have been made public. On several occasions I brought the issue up to principals and the super and they looked at me like I had 3 heads. Stupid Stupid Stupid in Wakulla.
  • by KS on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    Hackers and sellers love to get children's Soc Sec numbers. It's years before the fraud is found out and by that time, the damage is done and you spend the rest of your life trying to get it fixed - if ever. The government needs to stop selling our soc sec numbers and find some other way to identify us apart from the illegals who are ending up with our Soc Sec numbers. My doc wants it - my bank wants it - then they put it on the internet! For God's sake, keep our stuff off the internet. Don't you know how to do that. You keep the number in a BOOK! NOT ON THE INTERNET.
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