ANNAPOLIS — Legislation aiming to mitigate the impact of student data breaches like the one that hit Frederick County Public Schools a few years ago unanimously passed through the House.

While the chamber easily passed the bill with no debate Wednesday, it will have to go through the extra hurdle of moving through the Senate Rules Committee since it is after the 69th day of the General Assembly session.

Delegate David E. Vogt III (R-District 4) proposed House Bill 378 in the wake of a data breach discovered in 2016 that exposed the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of nearly 1,000 students who attended FCPS schools in 2005-2006.

The information was for sale online.

The measure would make it so that educational institutions can no longer collect, hold or store Social Security numbers of current, former or prospective students. Frederick County Public Schools adopted such a policy on its own in June 2017.

“I’m glad to see it pass unanimously through the House,” Vogt said after the floor vote.

He said he anticipated that, provided the bill made it through Senate committee, it would be received favorably in that chamber as well.

There were about 8,250 reported instances of identity theft in 2016 in Maryland, according to analysis from the Department of Legislative Services. There were 790 breaches that required the Office of the Attorney General to notify Maryland residents in 2016. That figure was up from 482 in 2015 and 333 in 2014.

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I don't understand why the schools gathered SS numbers anyway. I'm so old that in my high school days people didn't get a SS # until they got a job. I didn't get a SS # until I got a part-time job during my senior year of high school.

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