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Personal info of 240 Osaka high school students exposed in online survey

The Osaka Prefectural Government's annex building including the prefectural education agency is seen in Osaka's Chuo Ward. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda)

OSAKA -- Personal information of 240 students who answered an online survey at an Osaka high school was visible to all respondents, the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education announced on Aug. 15.

    Osaka Prefectural Kozu High School launched the inaugural online survey targeting 363 first-year students to process their attendance and grades in late June. The personal information of as many as 240 students -- including their names, addresses, phone numbers and guardians' names -- could apparently be browsed by other respondents for about a month.

    The problem came to light after a student's guardian pointed it out. It occurred because teachers who had created the response format for the online questionnaire used the wrong setting and did not check it. The school said no misuse of the students' personal information had been confirmed.

    In response to the incident, the prefectural education board will create a checklist for handling personal information online and share it with all prefectural high schools.

    (Japanese original by Yuta Kumamoto, Osaka City News Department)

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