Personal information accessed in Dept. of Education security breach

Updated:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Education is warning prospective teachers that their personal information may have been accessed during a security breach.

According to officials, the personal information of roughly 47,000 participants in a teacher preparation program was publicly accessible for about 14 days.

The data was accessible after it was transferred to a new server that did not have the proper security measures in place. Officials said they have since secured all of the personal information and ran checks to determine if the information was accessed.

After investigating, officials said they determined the personal data may have been accessed as much as 23 times using Google. However, there has been no evidence that the information has been used inappropriately, officials said.

The teacher preparation program participants have all been notified about the security breach. The incident remains under investigation, officials said.