SSA exposed SSNs, names, birth dates for 36,000 people, IG says

From the are-you-absolutely-sure-you’re-not-dead dept.

Alice Lipowicz reports:

The Social Security Administration publicly made available the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and other sensitive personal information on more than 36,000 people from May 2007 to April 2010 despite being warned about the privacy risks, according to a report from SSA’s Office of the Inspector General.

The information was erroneously included in SSA’s Death Master File sold to the public. The 36,657 people affected were not deceased, and the release of the personal information was considered a breach of privacy, the report states.

Read more on FCW.  Note that these are an additional 36,657 individuals; 26,930 individuals had their PII inadvertently by SSA exposed from July 2006 through January 2009.

Not impressive, SSA.

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