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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together Every Learner, Every Day
Data Exposure Statement

NEWS RELEASE                                 

Greater Essex County District School Board 451 Park Street West, Windsor ON N9A 6K1

519-255- 3200


March 7, 2017

Contact: Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury

Phone: 519-255-3200 ext. 10224

Board Statement on Data Exposure

The Greater Essex County District School Board determined that a flaw in our computer system  permitted accidental access  to confidential personnel information.

The information exposed was that of employees only and did not include any family or student information.

The problem was discovered by a group of students working with a school computer who reported it to a staff member. At this time, we believe that the information was not copied, printed or shared. This was not a malicious intrusion into the GECDSB computer system. The Board reported the data exposure to the appropriate authorities and the problem has now been addressed. All personal information is now secure.

The Board's investigation has concluded that the information was only viewable on Board computers within our school board locations. Access was not possible through the internet, on personal devices or on computers outside GECDSB facilities.

We are notifying all GECDSB employees and former Board staff who might be affected and the Board is doing everything possible to answer their questions. A security consultant will be retained for a further review of the security of our Information Technology systems.

The Greater Essex County District School Board takes its responsibility for the security of private information very seriously. We apologize to our employees and regret any inconvenience or difficulty this has caused them.