Proposed bill cracks down on cyber security breaches in schools

Proposed bill cracks down by cyber security breaches in schools (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

A new bill proposed by Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway may now require schools to do more in order to protect students personal information.

On Monday, Galloway introduced Senate Bill 582.

It's a bill that would require schools to notify parents in the case of a cyber security breach.

“Unfortunately, there is a market out there for kid’s social security numbers because their identities can be stolen before they ever get a chance at life," said Galloway.

Right now, there is no law in place for schools in Missouri that requires notification if a data breach occurs.

“As parents we would want to know if that information has been stolen so we can fix it for our children," said Galloway.

Galloway says school districts need their students personal information to serve their students.

Galloway also says school administrators have a responsibility to make sure that students personal information doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Galloway recalled a cyber security breach that happened in Park Hill school district.

"Faculty, staff and kid’s personal information was accidentally posted online and data breaches are common. This is not something we’re talking about in the abstract or something that we’re just hoping that it doesn’t occur, that we can ignore.”

The proposed bill will make its way through the legislative process starting in January.

“Our hope is that it will be passed and signed by the governor and if that would occur it would become effective in August of 2018," said Galloway.

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