MCCCD Security breach escalates to Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Privacy advocate files complaint with FTC over Maricopa County Community College District data breach

A formal complaint has been filed with the FTC against MCCCD regarding the 2011 and 2013 security breach. The complaint alleges violation of the Safeguard Rules.

FTC MCCCD security breach

Security breaches like the one at  have been under scrutiny by the FTC for the company’s failure to protect the personal and financial information they collect. The FTC is yet to enforce the Safeguard Rules in an educational institution, however, the number and size of these breaches often surpass that of other industries. Institutions like MCCCD (the largest community college district in the nation) receive million of dollars in Financial Aid and collect personal and financial information for over a quarter of a million individuals every year. This is the same kind of personal and financial information that companies in the private sector collect. Negligence and failure to protect personal information has been cited multiple times in the class action lawsuits that have been recently filed against MCCCD. In a recent article titled ‘the year of living dangerously‘, the author clearly outlines what’s at stake if breaches like these go unanswered by the FTC. Organizations like Target Corp that understand the implications of inadequate security have held those at the very top responsible for massive financial loses and the consequences that follow a security breach. It goes without saying that if the FTC deems it necessary to investigate a breach of 500K individuals, such as the incident at Wyndham, an investigation of a security breach involving 2.5 million people at Maricopa Community Colleges is almost mandatory.
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