Garfield County Human Services loses disk with Social Security numbers
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A Garfield County Department of Human Services employee took a data disk containing the Social Security numbers of almost 300 people home last month and later lost it.
A statement from Lynn Renick, the county’s human services director, said the disk contained a spreadsheet providing “a tracking system for social services program applications” and that it also contained limited personal information. Neither the disk or its files were identified as Human Services information.
“The information on the disk listed the name of the adult in the household and a program code,” the statement said. “Approximately 270 entries also listed a Social Security number.”
The statement said a search to find the disk was not successful.
“It is believed that the data disk has been thrown away or shredded,” the statement said. “From the results of the investigation, it has been concluded that there is a very low risk that the information on the disk has been or will be able to be accessed.”
Renick said the Human Services department is contacting all individuals with any information copied on the disk. About 7,000 letters have been mailed out notifying those who may have information on that disk.
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