Shabazz Academy Posts K-5 Student Addresses OnlineFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2008
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
LANSING, Michigan. In late December, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered an excel file with the names, addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contact information for 125 students, parents, and others for Shabazz Public School Academy on their website. 69 of those affected are Pre-K through fifth grade students. Though no social security numbers or credit card numbers were exposed, some parents may be legitimately alarmed at the release of contact information for their young children.
The file was created on October 9, 2006. The school acted quickly to delete the file from their server and notify parents, but the file remained available through search engine caches until late February, 2008.
Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.nationalidwatch.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed. NationalIDWatch.org has a list of recommended steps victims should take.
National ID Watch is a search engine for personal information breaches. Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, NationalIDWatch.org provides more than a million free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.
Each Identity Exposure Report (IXR) documents what types of personal information were exposed (such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc.), without revealing them. Each IXR also details the situation surrounding each exposure, and contact information of those responsible for the breach. Armed with this information, victims can further investigate, take action, or correct harm.