Teacher Prep Info Exposed Online in Data Transfer

Officials said personal information from roughly 47,000 people was publicly accessible for two weeks.

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013  |  Updated 1:55 PM EDT
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Florida's education commissioner has ordered a review of data security procedures after personal information for thousands of teachers-in-training was exposed on the Internet.

According to a statement from the Department of Education, personal information from roughly 47,000 participants in a teacher preparation program was publically accessible for two weeks, starting in late May.

Officials said Saturday that the breach occurred during a data transfer between servers at Florida State University's Florida Center for Interactive Media. Unauthorized people may have accessed the data, but the department says there's no indication it was used inappropriately.

FSU officials say they are working with the department to notify affected participants.

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says all confidential information is being moved onto servers "directly monitored and secured by the department."

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