Poway Unified under fire for data breach

Posted at 7:56 AM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 12:14:54-04
POWAY, Calif. -- The personal information of thousands of students may have been sent to more people than Poway Unified School District officials originally thought.
"I saw the emails between the mother and teacher and school therapist,” parent Kim Garnier told 10News. “I also received this little girl’s social security number."
When Kim Garnier put in a public records request for information about her children’s school, she found a student's social security number in the documents. She announced her startling discovery during a school board meeting Tuesday.
"For the district to maintain its position that no social security numbers have been released, or that our children are not in any sort of danger, is completely misleading," Garnier said.
The incident comes just weeks after another parent received addresses, medical records and other personal information of more than 36,000 students. Gabriela Dow, a member of the board's technology committee, received the personal information when she put in a records request for IT documents. 
"It was just shock, because you see that and you're thinking, ‘how can this just be handed out?’" Dow said.
The District claims the data breach was a mistake and is investigating how it happened. Frustrated parents say the board isn't doing enough to assure them their personal information is safe.
"I want to see the conclusion of the investigation to see if this was the one shot deal or if there was more," parent Jeff Riley said.
District officials could not confirm if a student's social security number was released but said they are looking into the matter.