Sep 022014
 

From the California Health & Human Services Agency Department of Social Services:

We are writing to inform you of a security incident involving your personal information. On July 17, 2014, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) was informed of the unauthorized release of documentation that may have included your personal information. Confidential documents were accidentally discarded and removed from the office for disposal prior to shredding. The documents may have contained your name, mailing address, date of birth and Social Security number. The incident was immediately investigated and determined to be accidental in nature; however, the documents could not be retrieved. These documents were associated with children’s residential and senior care facilities in various counties of California.

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For children in foster care, the letter began:

We are writing to you, the child welfare agency with placement and care responsibility for the above named child, to inform you of a security incident that may have involved personal information of some children in foster care.

On July 17, 2014, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) was informed of the unauthorized release of documents that may have included this child’s personal information. Confidential documents were accidentally discarded and removed from the office for disposal prior to shredding. Documents may have included children’s names, mailing addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The incident was immediately investigated and determined to be accidental in nature; however, the documents could not be retrieved. These documents were associated with children’s residential and senior care facilities in various counties of California. The above referenced child is currently placed in one of those children’s facilities and information about this child could have been included.

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