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Breach of state education data affects student at local Catholic school

The State Education Department on Thursday reported a data breach that affected 52 students from five schools around the state, including one from St. Amelia School in the Town of Tonawanda.

The state's data vendor, Questar Assessment Inc., said an unauthorized user – it suspects a former employee – accessed a company account about three weeks ago to view data on students who registered for computer-based testing last spring. The data included, in some cases, student names, schools, grade levels and teacher names. It did not, however, include student social security numbers or home addresses.

The Education Department is notifying the schools, teachers and parents or guardians of the affected students and also has referred the matter to the State Attorney General’s Office for investigation.

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