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Student data from Denver elementary schools at risk after thumb drive stolen

October 18, 2013

Hundreds of students at Denver's Eagleton Elementary, Castro Elementary and Munroe Elementary schools may be at risk after a thumb drive containing information on the pupils was stolen from a school nurse's car.

How many victims? Hundreds are being alerted – it is unclear exactly which students had data stored on the drive.

What type of personal information? Names, birth dates, phone numbers and health information, including medications and medical histories.

What happened? A school nurse had her car broken into while it was parked in a lot, and a briefcase containing a thumb drive – which housed the student information – was stolen.

What was the response? Letters were sent to parents of the affected students and the schools are taking measures to ensure a similar incident does not occur.

Details: The thumb drive was stolen on Oct. 5. Officials said the thief targeted the vehicle and not the thumb drive.

Source: denver.cbslocal.com, CBS Denver, “Some DPS Students Medical Records In Hands Of Thief,” Oct. 17, 2013.

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