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Missing Disk Contains Nearly 25,000 Students' SSNs

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 23, 2011

A disk containing the Social Security numbers of 24,903 students in a Texas school district has gone missing. The Texas Tribune reports that the Texas Education Agency first became aware of the disk's disappearance in January. It was mailed to the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), which a former administrator said is standard practice due to the size of files shared between districts, though a current administrator refutes that claim. Records show that the package was signed for, but UTD says it does not recognize the signatory. A UTD spokesman said it is standard practice for sensitive data to be encrypted, "so there was no concern of a security breach."
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