The Florida Department of Education recently announced that the personal information of approximately 47,000 participants in Florida teacher preparation programs during the academic years 2009-'10 and 2011-'12 was made publicly accessible for a period of 14 days (h/t Softpedia).
The mistake occurred during a transfer of data between servers housed at Florida State University in late May. The university discovered the mistake on June 11 and worked with university officials to close the access, clear cached data files, and run security checks.
An investigation determined that the data may have been accessed 23 times via Google, but there's no indicated at this point that the data was used inappropriately.
"I have ordered a top to bottom review of the security of every database and our staff is expediting the transfer of all confidential information into servers directly monitored and secured by the department," Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett said in a statement.
All program participants whose information may have been exposed are being offered free identity theft protection. Anyone with questions is advised to contact (866) 507-1109.