Breach of Privacy Cited in State Investigation
DATA LOSS—U.S.January 4, 2012
An attorney representing several Connecticut state employees says investigators made a "huge breach of privacy" when they released at least two subpoenas listing dozens of names and Social Security numbers, the Hartford Courant reports. Investigators are attempting to determine whether state employees falsified their finances to acquire emergency food stamp benefits. Any state employee on a subpoena was able to see other individuals who were under investigation and could see their Social Security numbers, the report states. The chief legal counsel in the case argues that it was not the state government that released the information but the bank where the employees' finances were held.