College Entrance Testing Companies Sued for Sale of Student Personal Information

By on November 19, 2013

A lawsuit was filed in Chicago federal court against ACT Inc. and the College Board alleging breach of contract, unjust enrichment and invasion of privacy for the sale of personal identifying information (PII) to buyers for 33 cents per student. 

ACT Inc. and the College Board administer college admissions tests including the SAT and advanced placement (AP) tests taken by high school students across the U.S.  While ACT Inc and the College Board do request permission to share data such as names, birth dates and social security numbers, the lawsuit alleges that they failed to disclose that the related PII is being sold.   

 “The fact that any third party who was willing to pay substantial sums of money to the defendants would be given access to the plaintiff’s and class’ PII was not part of the parties’ contract,” stated the complaint. 

More than 1.6 million high school students took the SAT exam at least once in 2013 and the plaintiff seeks to represent test-takers since 2003 in a class- action lawsuit. 

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