May 122012

California Department of Social Services is notifying over 700,000 In-Home Supportive Services providers and recipients that their data may have been lost. An FAQ on the department’s web site explains that CDSS became aware of the breach on May 9. The information was in a package that was damaged in transit between a Hewlett Packard processing center and the State Compensation Insurance Fund.

The information included IHSS providers’ names and Social Security numbers as well as their case numbers and provider’s numbers. For recipients, the data included employer identification numbers.

The package, which was mailed on April 26 via U.S.P.S., arrived on May 1, but was not intact.

According to Chris Megerian of the Los Angeles Times:

The possibly compromised information, dating from October to December 2011, for 375,000 workers included names, Social Security numbers and wages. For 326,000 recipients, state identification numbers may have been compromised.]

Not addressed on the state’s web site were answers to these two questions:

1. Why was Hewlett Packard using U.S.P.S. to ship payroll data, and
2. What format were these documents in? It sounds like these may have been paper documents in the package. If so, Why not electronic and secure transmission?

Update: It was microfiche.

  2 Responses to “California Dept of Social Services notifying over 700,000 In-Home Supportive Services providers and recipients after payroll data lost in the mail”

  1. This SAME thing happened a few years ago. This is on purpose. In no way is this an accident. Last time an alleged university student LOST all the IHSS data. Yea, sure and we’re this stupid? This is willful done by evil people to cause chaos and confusion and panic and compromise.

  2. According the article there was paperwork missing from individual files. How could that have been microfiche and how many individuals actually lost paperwork? There is something else going on here, do they think were stupid?

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