WA: Sumner fires temporary court clerk for sending herself city data on 3,600 people
Eager new employee or something nefarious? Hopefully, the former, but in any event, this breach was detected. Kari Plog reports:
The city of Sumner has fired a temporary employee after she sent information about 3,600 people, mostly residents, to her personal email.
City spokeswoman Carmen Palmer told The News Tribune on Friday that an investigation is under way on the incident and the employee, who only worked for the city as a part-time municipal court clerk for nine days since being hired in October.
Another staff member noticed the email containing a large amount of city data on Dec. 16. Further investigation revealed that the temporary employee had sent hundreds of forms, background information and municipal court lists to her personal email.
The files included lists of potential jurors and defendants, with names, addresses and dates of birth for about 3,600 people, mostly Sumner residents. No financial information was included in the files.
The city removed the employee’s access to city systems and reported the incident to police.
Read more on The News Tribune. I wonder if the staff member who noticed the email was part of their IT staff and this was detected as part of their routine monitoring, or if they just got lucky and someone noticed.