Personal Information Of Prince William Co. Students Posted Online

August 26, 2008

WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- Personal information of some students, employees and volunteers was accidentally posted online by a Prince William County Public Schools employee, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Information for more than 2,600 people was exposed through a file-sharing program by an employee working from home on a personal computer. Names, addresses and student identification numbers of more than 1,600 students were exposed. Names and social security numbers of 65 employees were exposed. Other confidential information for about 250 employees was exposed. And the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of more than 700 volunteers were exposed.

The exposed student information was limited to students who attend, attended or applied to Porter Traditional School since 2004 and students who attended Montclair Elementary School for several years prior to the 2004-2005 school year. Volunteers at Porter Traditional School also were exposed.

The information was online for about five weeks. The school district does not have any evidence that the information was compromised while it was exposed.

Those affected were contacted directly by the county, and a hot line has been set up to assist them.

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