As humanity has entered the digital age, we have come to possess incomprehensible amounts of recorded information—by some estimates, 295,000,000,000 gigabytes. With such an abundance of information at our fingertips, careful data management is not just a problem for IT specialists, but an occupational hazard for every American worker with a computer. In Ferry v. Board of Education. of Jefferson City Public School District, a teacher—Tammy Ferry—lost her job because she and her attorney failed to understand the hyper-technicalities involved in data privacy. This Note will argue that Ferry’s school district, the state of Missouri, and the U.S. Congress unintentionally built a trap that sprang on Ferry. That trap is waiting for its next victim.

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