BC’s Privacy Commissioner is investigating after the Surrey School District sent the personal information of some grade 12 students to parents.
Surrey School District Privacy officer Doug Strachan says someone made a mistake.
“One school inadvertently attached a document that was the wrong document to an email that went to the school community only. There was what would be considered personal information under the Privacy Act in that attachment affecting about 250 students.”
Strachan says the school district moved quickly to address the issue.
“We notified, sent a letter, to each of the parents of the students involved or affected and let them know what had occured, what information was released, and what there options were, and who to contact. We also chose to notify the privacy commissioner.”
Strachan was asked if the ongoing labour dispute with teachers was a factor in the mistake…
“Well that will be part of what we will look at for sure is what are the contributing factors, if there are any, regarding the error and how it occured. If we can learn from that we will take steps to mitigate against it.”
The document contained student names, ID numbers, course credits, and classes they were absent or late for.
The office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Ministry of Education are now both involved.