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Maine Won't Collect Student SSNs, for Now

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 29, 2010

The Maine Department of Education has announced it will delay the submission of student Social Security numbers (SSNs) to the state after a flaw was discovered within the system, the Sun Journal reports. A technology director for one of the state's school systems discovered that it was possible to view restricted information, such as SSNs of staff in various districts, through the state database. The department was to implement a new law this fall to require schools to solicit children's SSNs, though it did not require parents to provide them. The Maine Civil Liberties Union said last week that the law could be repealed after 14 school committees voted to recommend parents not provide the numbers.
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