NC: County published some property owners’ Social Security Numbers online

Chris Mazzolini reports:

The Social Security numbers of 163 New Hanover County property owners were mistakenly published on the county website for anyone to see.

The lists containing the numbers were removed from the site Tuesday so county officials could scrub them from the data, said Chairman Jason Thompson, who learned that the numbers were published from a resident. The Social Security numbers were published in two lists containing property owners delinquent on their taxes.

County Manager Bruce Shell said the list contained 9,845 accounts, and 163 Social Security numbers were included. The Social Security numbers should not have appeared in the data and weren’t caught before they were published.

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