Recent K-12 Data Breaches Show That Students Are Vulnerable to Harm

Recent K-12 Data Breaches Show That Students Are Vulnerable to Harm

Posted October 15, 2020

Recent K-12 Data Breaches Show That Students Are Vulnerable to Harm

  • Schools and school districts collect and store a lot of personal information about their students.
  • Thousands of K-12 students had their personal information compromised in data breaches between 2016 and 2020
  • Compromised data included grades, bullying reports, and Social Security numbers—leaving students vulnerable to emotional, physical, and financial harm
  • Breaches were accidental and intentional—with a variety of responsible actors and motives
  • Wealthier, larger, and suburban school districts were more likely to have a reported breach

| October 15, 2020