It’s precisely why privacy advocates don’t like government bureaucrats having access to highly sensitive personal information.

Administrators with Chicago Public Schools “mistakenly” gave personal data – names, home addresses, phone numbers, disability status and more – to five vendors who had no business relationship with the district.

They say the breach involving 4,000 students was “unusual” and that employees would undergo “training” to ensure it wouldn’t happen again.

“All [of the companies] have confirmed that they have responsibly destroyed the information,” Chief Accountability Officer John Barker wrote in a letter to parents last month, Catalyst Chicago reports.

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