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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sensitive personal information missing on 800,000 California residents

By Steven Harmon
Originally published March 29, 2012

In a puzzling breach of security, computer storage devices containing identification information of 800,000 Californians using the state's child support services have disappeared.

The Department of Child Support Services reported Thursday the data devices were lost March 12 en route to California from the Colorado facilities of IBM, one of the contractors in charge of the storage devices.

Authorities have begun to notify customers by mail about the incident, warning them that the devices include names, addresses, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, names of health insurance providers and employers.