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Social Security Numbers of 2,700 State Workers Posted Online

Posted March 21, 2007

— About 2,700 state workers received an e-mail Wednesday saying their personal information was accidentally posted on the Internet.

The mistake went un-noticed for almost two months.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources said someone accidentally posted employees' names and Social Security numbers in a file that was on a public access server.

The information was removed from public access on Monday.


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  • investagator7 Mar 22, 2007

    oh my god what is next

  • me-in-raeford Mar 22, 2007

    the State of North Carolina doesn't care about the security of its employee's social security numbers...are you kidding...or didn't you know that after EVERY Hurricane the State gives EVERY State Employee's SSN to the USDA (folks who give out emergency food stamps) for cross reference purposes... It doesn't matter if applied, were eligible or not...without your consent or knowledge, if your a State Employee the did it...
    How's that for releasing information

  • 2little2late Mar 22, 2007

    "well just think of this as 2,700 new driver license applications for some illegal."

    i wonder if those 2700 of the 27,000 new (fraudulent) drivers' licenses were made within the last two months?

  • 2 Mar 22, 2007

    Why was it the NC Dept of Environment and Natural Resources? I assume it would be isolated to workers in those fields for the state.. just an assumption. - I personally do not agree with all of you who are demanding someone be fired for this. THAT person should have a fine but you can be assured they would never do it again... bring in some new sap who has to learn the ropes and you may have a repeat performance. These things are really not that hard to have happen.. not that this makes it right.

  • Travised Mar 22, 2007

    If THIS scares you, it's **only going to get worse** with the new Id cards. I'm half laughing at some of the posts. I carry medical info on my person, contact infomation, Only information I leave out is name and ID #'s to keep secure.

    MOST Government Information is PUBLIC RECORDS. How is that for a scare?

  • LADY1 Mar 22, 2007

    Need to let the indivual know, the person who ss number was posted.

  • FragmentFour Mar 22, 2007

    Of course the NC state government looks bad, Fence Straddler! It IS bad! This is news???

  • me-in-raeford Mar 22, 2007

    Oh and Fence Straddler, just so you know...there is ALWAYS AN EXCUSE...if nothing else its called "plausible deniability"!!!!!

  • me-in-raeford Mar 22, 2007

    Oh please...no ones going to be fired over this...or at least not the actual person responsible...maybe some poor flunkie twice removed who happened to borrow a paper clip from the person in charge of the program...but not the actual manager or supervisor who most probably ordered some unsuspecting subordinate, at threat of their job, to do so...
    Yeah just have to understand how State government works...

  • Fence Straddler Mar 22, 2007

    NO EXCUSES FOR THIS!!! Where most of us work this would be grounds for IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT!!! NC State Government is looking bad. Fire the idiot responsible for this. No excuses will do (oops, minor over-sight, accidental data input error, etc). Termination as per NC State Policy and Procedures regarding the release of proprietary/confidential information that could negatively reflect an agency of state government.
    In the media is VERY, VERY BAD! (I DID SAY: VERY BAD!!!)