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NY Comptroller’s Office Sending Notifications

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 16, 2012

The New York Comptroller’s Office is notifying hundreds of state lawmakers and their staff that their Social Security numbers were inadvertently released to a news organization, lohud.com reports. A spokesperson for Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said, “In response to a request from a Gannett reporter, data was provided that erroneously contained protected personal information. When the error was identified, the office…immediately contacted Gannett,” which was “highly professional and cooperated fully with our office to protect this information.” The data was posted on the news organization’s website for less than a day, the report states.
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