Student privacy breached in Delta

School district says was a 'unique set of circumstances' and that computer errors resolved, system secure.

The Delta School District is assuring parents their children’s personal information is secure after student data was unintentionally accessed online last week.

A parent in the district was using the Parent Connect system – which allows parents to access information about their own child – and ended up being able to see details about all the students in the Delta district.

The parent contacted the school district immediately on Oct. 23 and according to a letter from Superintendent Dianne Turner, the issue was corrected within two hours.

The mistake occurred due to a “unique set of circumstances,” and resulted from an “internet error” combined with a “programming error.”

The entire system was reviewed for any other vulnerabilities.

“The District wishes to assure you that we have taken the steps necessary to ensure student information cannot be viewed by unauthorized persons in the future…” said Turner in the Oct. 26 letter to parents. “Student privacy is of the utmost importance to us and we are committed to safeguarding students’ confidentiality and privacy interests.”

The district also notified the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC).

Parents with concerns can call the school district at 604-952-5340 or the OIPC at 604-660-2421.

 

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