In an e-mail to employees on Thursday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke called recent breach incidents involving employees' personal information "simply unacceptable," and said that, beyond the two breach incidents known to have occurred in the last six months, "In recent weeks, we also discovered additional incidents where some employees failed to follow the proper protocol for handling personal information." The Washington Post reports that Locke has asked Deputy Secretary Dennis Hightower to review the department's data protection policies and practices and to deliver a plan for improvement by March 1.
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