MD: State employee information lost in the mail

Gadi Dechter of The Baltimore Sun reports:

The names and Social Security numbers of about 8,000 state employees and retirees were in a report “lost in the mail” this month, raising concerns about identity theft and questions about why sensitive information was sent through the postal service rather than electronically.

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On March 3, the Employee Benefits Division received a torn and empty envelope from SHPS Human Resource Solutions, Inc., the company that manages the health savings account program for state workers. Missing from the envelope was a monthly fee invoice that contained employee names and Social Security numbers and information about the plans in which they were enrolled.In an e-mail to affected employees March 23, state officials said the report was “lost in the mail” and that the U.S. Postal Service had apologized.

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