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California DMV gives “inappropriate access” to Social Security data

Already under fire locally for shoddy service, the California DMV now reveals that Social Security information for about 3,200 drivers was “inappropriately” released to a number of local county and federal agencies. This was not a data hacking incident, but rather a case of outside agencies being given access to DMV files. Several Federal agencies were given some access, and the District Attorney’s in San Diego and Santa Clara counties were given access to the sensitive data in about 3,000 of the cases, presumably as part of criminal investigations or tax compliance issues. The issue was first reported in this Los Angeles Times article by staff writer Patrick Mcgreevy, and is somewhat politically sensitive in that CA allows illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license without having a Social Security number. Click here to read the LA Times article.

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