Maine: DHHS mailing error exposes personal information

Leslie Bridgers reports:

A glitch in the Department of Health and Human Services’ computer system exposed the personal information of public assistance applicants, including Social Security and bank account numbers.

Information from 31 applications submitted online was sent out between December and June to 39 random addresses in the department’s system, said Dale Denno, director of the department’s Office for Family Independence, which reviews public assistance applications.

He said the information came from 24 new applications for public assistance and seven recertification forms, which recipients are required to submit annually to continue getting benefits.

The personal information of 79 people was exposed, as some applications included multiple members of a household, Denno said. In some cases, he said, the same information was sent to multiple addresses.

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