State Employee Could Face Prison Time for Tax Breach
DATA LOSS—U.S.September 19, 2011
A Connecticut state employee faces up to six years in prison for breaching the privacy of taxpayers, Hartford Business Journal reports. The 33-year-old Department of Revenue Services employee was arrested on Friday for allegedly reviewing 15 individuals' tax returns without a legitimate business need, the report states. The agency is notifying those affected and offering free identity theft protection services. Last week, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced the creation of a Privacy Task Force that will investigate data breaches and educate the public about data protection. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fitzsimmons will lead the task force.