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Comptroller Takes Blame, Gets Sued

DATA LOSS—U.S.

May 2, 2011

Computerworld reports that Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has, in a statement, apologized for her office's recent data breach, saying she takes "full responsibility for it." Combs also said her office will be adding staff--including a chief privacy officer, reorganizing reporting structures and implementing new software to prevent future breaches. The office is providing free credit monitoring to those affected, and the report states that Combs has said she'll pay for identity restoration services from her own campaign funds. A Houston lawyer filed a class-action lawsuit to ensure that promise is kept, reports the Houston Chronicle. The suit, filed against Combs and the state of Texas, asks that "Combs be required to pay for costs relating to credit monitoring and identity theft."
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