OH: Envelopes Display Workers’ Social Security Numbers

A mass mailing has made some very private information public.

More than 8,000 state child-care providers have had their social security numbers accidentally exposed, 10TV’s Glenn McEntyre reported on Monday.

The providers received letters from Affiliated Computer Services, which is a subsidiary of Xerox.  The company was hired by the state of Ohio to manage a new automated system for paying and tracking the providers.


“Xerox sent out a mailing to these providers and the mailing label on the envelope included their provider ID number,” he said. “Now for a childcare center, that’s not a big deal.  It’s a random six-digit number. For Type B providers, who offer childcare out of their own home, their provider number is their Social Security number.”

The numbers were printed on the outside of the envelopes where anyone could see them.

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