Following a recent data breach
that exposed the personal information for hundreds of thousands of students, faculty and employees at a university in Florida, state officials are working feverishly to track down many of those affected.
The Florida Department of Education says that it has yet to track down about 200,000 students who were eligible for the state's Bright Futures Scholarships, according to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat
. Though the state legally has to notify affected victims within 45 days of its learning of the incident, many of the affected victims have graduated, and the state does not have their most current contact information.
The state acknowledges that because in many cases, the students likely will not live at what the Department of Education knows to be their last address, it's more likely that their parents or others who may have lived with them will receive the notifications, the report said. Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about how organizations can do more to protect the people whose private data they protect from breaches of this kind.
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