Release of California student records, including Social Security numbers, blocked

- A federal judge this week rolled back her decision that would have allowed the release of ten million records, including the Social Security numbers and other private information of California school children, to attorneys for an advocacy group.

In February, the judge ruled the information could be released to help the group determine whether school districts in the state were following laws designed to aid disabled students.

After an avalanche of complaints from parents and privacy rights organizations, the judge on March 1st ruled that the information identifying the students – names, Social Security numbers – and information on disciplinary action would remain with the state Department of Education.

Instead, attorneys for the DOE will work with the group that sued for the information to provide it with information it needs to confirm the laws were followed.

Privacy organizations had expressed concerns that if the identifying information was turned over to the attorneys, there would be no way to guarantee its protection from hackers or identity thieves.

Our original story: California students' social security numbers to be released to non-profit group

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