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Corrections Commissioner: Prisoners Don't Have Access to Data

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

July 13, 2010

A March report by the Social Security Administration that lists West Virginia as one of eight states that grants prisoners access to citizens' personal information was incorrect, according to the commissioner of the state's Division of Corrections. The report said prisoners working data processing jobs had access to such personal information as health records and wage statements. "That is absolutely not true and won't occur," the commissioner said, adding that broad questioning used to collect data for the report led to the misunderstanding. The corrections division is drafting a formal policy, due in August, that bans prisoners from personal data, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.  
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