Sunday, April 22, 2007

26 Years of Non Public Information Shared by U.S.D.A.

Apparently individuals that applied for federal grants through the USDA didn’t read the fine print. It was not explained to them that their names and Social Security numbers (non-public information) were going to be shared with the world.

Below was a statement by the USDA -

“USDA believes that immediately prior to April 13th, the website in question contained private identification information relating to approximately 47,000 individuals who receive USDA funding from the Farm Service Agency and USDA Rural Development. USDA has identified between 105,000 and 150,000 individuals whose private information has been entered into a federal government database at some time during the past 26 years. USDA is in the process of notifying, via registered mail, all 150,000 people whose information was exposed and offering them the opportunity to register for free credit monitoring for one year.”

Once again one of our trusty government agencies gives us an identity theft headline. I guess maybe I should not complain, it does give me job security.

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At 3:55 PM, Anonymous credit-security said...

Another large agency admitting to "leaking" personal and private information to the world over many years - what else is new? Here's a very much related article called Who is more at risk of ID Theft?


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