In one of the worst security breaches ever in a public K-12 school system, confidential data for thousands of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students--including, in some cases, medical information and Social Security numbers--were accidentally posted online.

The Indianapolis Star, which discovered the error and reported it May 16 to the district, said it appeared the problem had been going on for at least two years.

Officials were working to correct the problem, but they said some of the information still could be accessed through the popular search engine Google as of press time. The school district was contacting...

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