MA: State’s error unveiled Social Security numbers

Todd Wallack reports that the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office goofed when it responded to an information request from IA Week, an investment industry publication. Instead of sending the requested list of registered investment companies, it sent a list of 139,000 investment advisers registered with the state, complete with their information:

In addition to their names and Social Security numbers, this list included their dates and locations of birth, height, weight, hair color, and eye color.

“It’s a pretty big mistake,’’ said Carl Ayers, IA Week’s publisher. “It’s pretty shocking, because it’s such a large number of people.’’

Read more in the Boston Globe.

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