SSA teleworkers may be putting personal data at risk, IG says
# Alice Lipowicz reports:
While teleworking is improving morale at the Social Security Administration, it also may be exposing individuals’ personal information to unauthorized disclosure via employees’ computers, according to a new report from the SSA Office of Inspector General.[…]
“We [have] determined [that] Office of Disability Adjudication and Review practices may have exposed claimant data to unauthorized disclosure,” O’Carroll wrote.
For example, managers did not always effectively track the removal and return of personal information and allowed employees to remove personal data stored on unencrypted CDs. In addition, employees did not always follow the rules to lock down the personal data whenever traveling to or working at an alternative location, the report noted.
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