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4,000 Employees' Personal Data Compromised

DATA LOSS—U.S.

May 27, 2011

The personal information--including Social Security numbers--of 4,000 employees at a California school district has been compromised, The Sacramento Bee reports. A district spokesman said that an employee from the human resources department loaded the personal data on a flash drive in order to work from home and then inadvertently uploaded the data onto her church website. District officials have notified the affected employees, adjusted network policies and "taken the appropriate personnel action." Joanne McNabb, CIPP, CIPP/G, CIPP/IT, chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection, said that training employees to appropriately handle sensitive data "is an area that all organizations need to stay up-to-speed on...real harm can come to people."
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