Personal information of 16 Utahns stolen from DCFS employee’s vehicle, officials say

Carter Williams reports:

The private information of 16 people was stolen in May after a Utah Department of Family and Child Services employee’s vehicle was broken into and copies of identification records needed for background checks were stolen.

The break-in occurred on May 16 in the Salt Lake Valley, according to Ashley Sumner, a public information officer for the DCFS. She said the agency was working with police regarding the break-in.

Sumner said the department’s policy is that copies of identification should not leave an employee’s hands and that protocol was broken when the information was left in the employee’s vehicle.

“It wasn’t HIPAA information or anything like that, but because of the nature of the information, it should never leave the (employee’s) person,” she said.

Read more on KSL TV.  The fate of the employee who violated policy was not disclosed.

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