Wednesday, August 22, 2007

CalPERS Retiree Data Breach

Sigh.

Red-faced officials at the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) are sending out letters of apology to about 445,000 state retirees after inadvertently printing their Social Security numbers on brochures announcing an upcoming election at the state pension fund.

On the plus side, it has apparently finally occurred to them that it might be a problem to use SSN's as people's primary identifiers:
"We are also doing a review of how we collect our data and how we store it and how we use it," Macht said. The review includes looking at how to create a unique identifier for individuals that would eliminate the need for using Social Security numbers, she said.
Oops! California state pension fund admits breach of retiree data (Computerworld)

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