Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools breach affects 7,600 job applicants

North Carolina-based Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is notifying about 7,600 job applicants that a CMS employee disclosed employment application information to an outside contractor prior to obtaining appropriate authorization.

How many victims? About 7,600.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.

What happened? A CMS employee disclosed the personal information to an outside contractor prior to obtaining appropriate authorization.

What was the response? CMS has worked collaboratively with the contractor to ensure information extracted from the applications was destroyed. CMS is taking measures to prevent any additional information from being released. All affected individuals are being notified.

Details: The contractor, following a work order, used the application information to create a CMS database of applicants for a specific learning community. CMS revoked the contractor's access to the CMS database.

Quote: “The created database was only used by the learning community principals and members of their talent team,” a notification letter said. “Your information was not used for any improper purpose and was not disclosed to third-parties.”

Source: A Thursday email correspondence with a CMS spokesperson; a CMS notification letter emailed to SCMagazine.com on Thursday.

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