State inadvertently shares Social Security numbers

State inadvertently shares Social Security numbers

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say Social Security numbers and other information about thousands of Georgians have been inadvertently shared by a state agency.
 
The Georgia Department of Labor says one of its employees mistakenly sent the data on 4,757 unemployed residents to about 1,000 people. The information was sent at 3:58 p.m. Thursday, in the form of an email and attachment.
 
Officials say people whose information was shared are primarily from Cobb and Cherokee counties, and people in those same counties received the information by mistake.
 
State labor officials say they will provide free credit monitoring services to all of the people affected.

The following is statement from Georgia Department of Labor issued Thursday morning concerning the mistake:

"A document containing confidential information, including names and social security numbers, for 4,457 customers of the Georgia Department of Labor's Cobb-Cherokee Career Center has inadvertently been emailed to approximately 1,000 people, primarily in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The email occurred because of an employee error.

"The department has notified recipients of the error and instructed them to immediately delete the file attached to the email without opening it.

"The department will provide free credit monitoring services to all of the people affected."

Equifax has been hired by the Georgia Department of Labor to assist the victims.

The credit bureau offered these tips for those impacted.

* Don't throw away your data breach letter
* Put a freeze on your credit report.
* Close breached accounts
* Monitor your credit

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