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

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 03:09:01 -0500 (CDT)

By Alice Lipowicz
April 14, 2011

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.

The IG first told SSA officials in June 2008 to take precautions against 
a pattern of publishing the personal information of living people in its 
database of death-related information, the report states, adding that 
there was no indication that organized identity thefts were taking 

However, SSA did not follow those precautions, and the agency continued 
to expose personal data of people mistakenly included in its Death 
Master File, according to the March 31 report.


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