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RI labor dept. warns of possible privacy breach
From: Erica Absetz <eabsetz () opensecurityfoundation org>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:18:10 -0600

http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode-island/2012/12/31/labor-dept-warns-possible-privacy-breach/qamG0J2dhmhKa3SWf3MQTO/story.html

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Labor and
Training says a technical problem may have led to a privacy breach for
some callers to its phone line for unemployment and disability
benefits.

Spokeswoman Laura Hart says the problem happened Dec. 24 when some of
the 700 callers that day may have inadvertently been able to hear
parts of other callers’ conversations. It’s possible personal
information could have been disclosed, including Social Security
numbers.

The department is investigating what happened. Hart says it shut down
the phone system as soon as officials learned of the problem.

The department is alerting all callers from that day and offering them
free credit monitoring services for three months.

Hart says it’s believed the number of people affected is much less
than the 700 who called that day.
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