The Victorian education department says it is “deeply sorry” for accidentally disclosing personal information of students and parents online.
Including confidential information which identifies children who have self-harmed, bullying victims and students’ medical conditions.
Up to 115 families were affected when more than 500 submissions on proposed new regulations for Victorian schools were uploaded to the department’s website on Friday, The Age has reported.
This included parents’ names and, in a few instances, their home addresses and mobile numbers.
That section of the website was taken offline on Saturday.
“The department took immediate action to take the submissions down as soon as the breach was discovered,” a spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We understand the seriousness of this incident, and we are contacting those affected to apologise directly.
“We are commissioning an independent investigation to determine what went wrong, and to recommend steps to prevent it from happening again.”
One of the parents whose information should have been redacted was a domestic violence victim, while another had detailed how they started home-schooling their dyslexic child because he was self-harming, The Age said.
Education Minister James Merlino has ordered an independent inquiry into the incident, and said he was “deeply concerned”.
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