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Employee Suspended for Posting SSNs Online

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 21, 2010

A Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) employee has been placed on administrative leave after posting the Social Security numbers and other personal information of nearly 3,000 DHR clients online, reports The Baltimore Sun. The affected clients are being offered credit monitoring, and a DHR spokeswoman said, "We take the privacy of the data that's entrusted to us very seriously." A spokesman for the nonprofit privacy watchdog that uncovered the breach said the incident exemplifies why Maryland's government, and others, should better protect personal information. "The goal should be to create a culture where everyone knows they'll be held responsible for dealing with this very precious asset called personal information."
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