Congress Explores Risk of Student Record Data Breach

A Congressional Committee held a hearing on the Education Department's information security program. In 2014, the Department's Inspector General found that the "information systems continue to be vulnerable to serious security threats." The hearing revealed that the Education Department maintains at least 139 million Social security numbers in one of its databases. The Department has 184 information systems and 120 of those systems are managed by outside parties. For years, EPIC has warned of growing student privacy and security risks. EPIC has urged congress to enact the Student Privacy Bill of Rights to protect student data.

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