NC: Kids’ Social Security numbers on school postcards

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Josh Shaffer reports:

The Wake County [North Carolina] school system accidentally sent out about 5,000 postcards with students’ Social Security numbers printed on the front, a mistake that angered parents and will cost the district nearly $100,000 to remedy.

On Tuesday, Wake schools mailed about 15,000 reminders asking parents to specify if they want to keep their children in magnet or traditional calendar schools.

About a third of those cards had the Social Security numbers printed alongside the child’s name – a holdover from recent years when those nine-digit numbers were used to identify students.

Read more in the News & Observer.

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