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Cartridges Lost in Transit, 800,000 Impacted

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 30, 2012

Four data storage devices containing the sensitive personal information of about 800,000 individuals in California's child support system were lost in transit to a testing facility, potentially exposing names, Social Security numbers, addresses, driver's license numbers, employers' names and insurance information, the Associated Press reports. Christine Lally of the California Office of Technology Services said special technology would be needed to read the missing cartridges, should they be recovered. "A data cartridge is definitely not something that you or I could just pop into our laptop," she said. The California Department of Child Support Services has notified those affected.
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