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    Florida Agency Mistakenly Publishes Social Security Numbers of 250,000 People

    The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation announced that it had made a mistake that “resulted in the exposure of the names and Social Security Numbers of approximately 250,000 customers who received services through Florida’s One-Stop Career Centers between January 2002 and November 2007.” The data became public in mid-October, because the agency “inadvertently placed confidential information belonging to a group of customers who had previously received workforce services onto an external test server.”

    The agency’s response to the publication of the sensitive data was slow. Though the problem was found in late October, the agency waited for more than a month to send notices to the people affected. These people should have been immediately informed, so that they could take steps to protect themselves against fraud or identity theft.

    People who might be affected may learn more at http://www.floridajobs.org/security/. Find out more about security breaches and identity theft at Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. The organization has a “Chronology of Data Breaches,” which shows that 246 million records have been exposed because of security breaches in the public and private sectors since January 2005.

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