California Loses Personal Data On 1000s Of In-Home Providers

SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California officials are notifying hundreds of thousands of people who provide in-home supportive services that a portion of a data shipment containing their confidential information has disappeared.

A spokesman for California Department of Social Services says the department is mailing letters to 701,000 service providers that a package containing their Social Security numbers, how much money they were paid by the department over a three-month period last year and other information was lost.

Spokesman Oscar Ramirez says the department was notified Wednesday by Hewlett Packard that a package containing payroll information HP had mailed to the was damaged.

Ramirez says microfiche containing the personal data was missing from the shipment when it was delivered to the fund’s Riverside office.

It’s not known if the information was stolen or simply lost, but Ramirez says there have been no reports that the information has been misused.

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