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State department informs Arkansas State of data breach

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Officials with Arkansas State University say they have been informed about a data breach from the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

DHS told the university on Wednesday the breach was in the College of Education and Behavioral Science's Department of Childhood Services. The breach could "cause exposure of personally identifiable information", according to the news release from the university.

The university's Chief Information Officer Henry Torres said the database involved was the Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP) Registry. The registry is a system designed to track and facilitate training and continuing education for early childhood practitioners in Arkansas, according Torres.

About 50,000 individuals could be impacted by the breach, but Torres said in the release that the university has no reports regarding illegal use of those files. Those individuals will be contacted about the breach as a precaution.

The TAPP program is not part of the university's main database. The university stated only those who are in the program may be involved. It has been taken offline until a review is completed.

Torres said only a non-active portion of the data in the database contained full Social Security numbers, and it did not contain all users of the database.

Those impacted by the breach can call 1-855-363-1011 with any questions or go to www.astate.edu and click on the "identity theft" link.

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