Florida state agency posts Social Security numbers of 250,000

The Florida State Agency for Workforce Innovation accidentally posted the personal information about job-seekers on a test server that could be accessed online.

How many victims? 250,000.

What type of personal information? Names and Social Security numbers.

What was the response? The agency is sending notifications to people on the list and plans set up a web site where people can check to see if their information was put online. The agency launched an internal investigation and notified major search engines to remove the site from their cached files.

Details: The names and information were online for 19 days and removed in late October after the state Department of Revenue discovered the breach during "routine work."

Quote: "Certainly there is no web site that is 100 percent secure. But we take very seriously protecting the public's privacy," Agency Director, Monesia Brown said in a statement.

Source:, Orlando Sentinel, “State agency put Social Security numbers of 250,000 job seekers online,” Dec. 3, 2008.

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