A reader sent in this link. In looking it over, it’s nothing really new to those who have followed student privacy issues for a while, but on the off-chance that you are a parent and don’t know how much info your child’s school can give out as “public directory information,” I thought I’d post it.
Mireya Villarreal reports:
As a parent, you would do anything to protect your children and their identity. But News 4 WOAI uncovered local school districts are selling your child’s personal information to anyone who asks for it.
So – What would you do if a complete stranger showed up at your door asking to speak with your son or daughter? And what if they knew things like your child’s middle name or date of birth?
We requested information about 12th grade students enrolled at North East I.S.D. high schools. The lists we received had the students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers. It took us less than a week to get a hold of this information.
Read more on WOAI.