Exposure

OK: Personal data stolen in SemGroup case

Rod Walton reports: Online banking bandits pulled thousands of dollars from the accounts of current and former SemGroup LP employees after personal information was inadvertently left on a bankruptcy court document made public last summer. SemGroup officials said, however, that as far as they are aware, all the money was returned to the accounts...

CO: ‘Anti-Gym’ Personal Records Found In Dumpster

Rick Sallinger reports: Personal information on clients of a now-shuttered Denver gym has turned up in a very public place. Two weeks ago the Internal Revenue Service shut down the “Anti-Gym” for non-payment of payroll taxes. Somehow many of the gym’s records turned up outside in the trash. … There was information about gay...

Purdue U. mailing error exposes 1099 forms of temporary employees

Purdue University reported a breach that occurred in January on Feb.3 on their site: A potential problem involving 1099 forms may affect individuals or organizations who were employed on a temporary basis by Purdue University in 2008. Due to a mailing error, some of these forms were inadvertently sent to the wrong individual or...

MA: City fines man for dumping tax forms

Laura Crimaldi and Frank Quaratiello report: City inspectors in Boston have fined a Norwood man $2,500 after finding “thousands” of tax documents containing sensitive personal information in a Dumpster behind a dollar store in Hyde Park. Employees at a Family Dollar store at 1248 River St. discovered the unshredded tax documents yesterday when they...

Confidential LAPD misconduct files mistakenly posted on Internet

Joel Rubin reports: The Los Angeles Police Commission violated its own strict privacy policy — and perhaps state law — on Friday, releasing a confidential report on the Internet that contained the names of hundreds of officers accused of racial profiling and other misconduct. The blunder, which police officials attributed to a clerical error,...

WI: DOC Electric employees’ personal data auctioned off

The Wisconsin Office of Privacy Protection has posted notice of a breach that occurred on January 15, 2009 when DOC Electric assets were auctioned off by M&I Bank and a local auction house. Apparently the computers and file cabinets contained personal information on DOC Electric employees who were employed from the start of the...

Academic records inadvertently released

Tyler O’Neil reports: The presidents of Drake’s eight Greek fraternities were surprised to receive an e-mail in late January from the director of fraternity and sorority life with the grades of every fraternity man at Drake listed in an Excel spreadsheet. Drake’s four sorority presidents received similar e-mails with the complete listing of every...

Disabled Veteran Receives Other Veterans’ Personal Data By Mistake

Dallas Cook reports: Just a week after the Veterans Affairs Department agreed to pay $20 million to veterans for exposing them to possible identity theft in 2006 by losing sensitive personal information in a stolen laptop computer, a local veterans association mistakenly sent out personal information about disabled veterans in the mail. Gerry Sparks,...