Personal data used in COVID-19 unemployment claims exposed in breach
Thousands of Social Security numbers were reportedly exposed.
Deloitte’s system enabled access to applicants’ data.
The personal data of people seeking unemployment benefits was exposed over the weekend, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) confirmed Wednesday. Deloitte, which administers the program, notified ODJFS that about a dozen people were able to view other claimants’ data in that state. The data reportedly included thousands of Social Security numbers and home addresses.-related
Deloitte fixed the issue within an hour, ODJFS said, with the department contacting those who were accidentally given access to others’ data.
“Although there is no evidence of any widespread data compromise, Deloitte is offering credit monitoring to all [Pandemic Unemployment Assistance] claimants for 12 months,” ODJFS said.
According to ABC News, applicants in Colorado and Illinois were also affected. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Deloitte didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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