NYS officials investigate data breach that exposed some Buffalo students' personal information

Posted at 6:32 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 06:32:52-05

New York education officials say a data breach at testing vendor Questar Assessment exposed personal information for about 52 students.
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says Questar, headquartered in Apple Valley, Minnesota, reported that a former employee is suspected of using an internal account to view student data from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2. Questar reported the data accessed includes some student names, identification numbers, grade levels and teachers' names.
State officials say the department doesn't share student addresses or social security numbers with Questar.
The affected students attend five schools. They are: John F. Kennedy School, Great Neck; Menands School; School 2, Oceanside; Public School 15 Jackie Robinson, Queens, and St. Amelia School, Buffalo.
Questar did not immediately return a call seeking comment.