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TX Breach Causes Problems for Comptroller

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 15, 2011

After Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced a breach at her office that left 3.5 million Texans' data available on the Internet for about a year, Combs and her spokesman raised issue with the offices that sent them the data, saying the offices failed to encrypt it as required by law, reports the Austin American-Statesman. But, according to Doug Holt, the state's chief information security officer, the agencies transferred the data using an approved secure method. Furthermore, three offices have taken Holt's lead in rejecting a request that, by Wednesday, "all agencies sign a promise to encrypt their data from now on before transferring it to the comptroller" because it is "too broad."
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