Another Personal Data Spill
The state of Massachusetts inadvertently sent
out disks containing contact information
for professional licensees -- people
who have to apply for and obtain a state license to work in their chosen profession,
like certified public accountants and health care administrators.
The names, addresses and, in some cases, Social Security numbers of more than
450,000 licensed professionals on 28 separate disks were recently distributed
to various locations. Nearly all of the missing disks have been recovered with
no information compromised. The one missing disk, which contains information
on nursing home administrators, was reportedly sent to an agency in California
and is still in transit.
The state blamed the gaffe on new software it's using to distribute the information.
Apparently, the software was supposed to delete the Social Security numbers.
Seems this type of story is becoming disturbingly regular. How does your organization
protect personal data? What safeguards do you take for your own personal data?
Confide in me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Lafe Low on 10/10/2007 at 1:23 PM