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EXPOSING IDENTITY: (DeKalb County Board of Education)
DeKalb County Board of Education
Charles D. Warren, Superintendent
P.O. Box 1668, 306 Main Street West
Rainsville, AL 35986
(256) 638-6921
http://www.dekalbk12.org/

Sensitivity: Severe
Duration: More Than Six Months
Distribution: Exposed Online
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Press Release

Dekalb School District Posts 397 Employees' Insurance Info, SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 08 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900

RAINSVILLE, Alabama. On November 29, 2007 the Dekalb County Schools Human Resource Department uploaded nine files to the website, dekalb12.org, which included change of address and resignations forms, and also a file named "INVOICE.xls." This file contained the names and employment information of 397 current and former Dekalb County Schools employees, including 135 social security numbers.

The file is a log of monthly insurance allocations with PEEHIP between August 2004 and July 2005, and includes indication of claims for basic, dental, cancer, indemnity, or vision health insurance. This means that, among other things, information about a person's cancer treatment was available to anyone in the world. Excel lists the author of the file as "Betty Dupree," although it is impossible to tell who uploaded it to the internet.

By putting this information online for more than seven months, the Dekalb County schools have put their employees at severe risk of identity theft and other forms of fraud and embarrassment. In a July 13 e-mail to the Liberty Coalition, Superintendent Charles D. Warren indicated that the school board would "take whatever steps are necessary to inform our employees (and former employees) as to this breach."

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