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City Breach Affects Nearly 3,000 Retirees

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 21, 2012

The city of Providence, RI, mistakenly released sensitive personal information of approximately 3,000 former employees. The media outlet GOLOCALProv filed an Access to Public Records Act request to obtain information about city pension recipients. The city sent the media source a file listing the pension information, but the document included the former employees' Social Security and employee identification numbers. According to the report, the sensitive data appeared to be redacted, but upon closer inspection, the numbers "were clearly on display." The city filed for a restraining order to prevent the story from being published, but a judge said, though the documents should be deleted, there was no reason to prevent the source from publishing the story.
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