CBC News reported today on a serious breach involving students in the Toronto District School Board. At first blush, I thought that they were reporting on an issue I had previously reported involving the same district and sensitive student information.
But it turns out that this is a new complaint about yet another breach or issue involving sensitive information, leading me to wonder why the Toronto District School Board continues to claim that they take student privacy very seriously. It also leads me to wonder why the Privacy Commissioner hasn’t come down like a ton of bricks on the school district and required a corrective action plan.
Full names, birth dates, intimate details, family photos and videos — they’re the sort of things a privacy expert would caution anyone against publishing online, let alone a 13 year old.
But that’s the sort of sensitive personal information that some Grade 7 students were encouraged to post as part of a program in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), according to a formal anonymous complaint obtained by CBC News.
“The identities of the TDSB’s poorest, vulnerable and at-risk students were now made available to every sexual predator and human trafficker in the globe,” says the complaint.
Read more on CBC News.