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State Office Releases Personal Data

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 8, 2010

The Massachusetts secretary of state's office is alerting 139,000 investment advisers that their personal information has been exposed, reports The Boston Globe. The information--including Social Security numbers and birth dates--was contained on a CD mailed to a business publication in response to a request for information. The publication has since returned the CD, but individuals, the state attorney general and the director of consumer affairs must be notified in accordance with Massachussetts law. "It was an unfortunate mistake," said a spokesman for the secretary of state's office. "It obviously was not done according to standard practice."
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