California warns of lost parent-child data | Inquirer News

California warns of lost parent-child data

/ 12:58 PM April 07, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — California officials on Friday warned that personal information about parents and children in its child support system was missing, putting those people at risk of identity theft.

The California Department of Child Support Services said in a letter that contractors IBM and Iron Mountain “could not locate several specialized computer storage devices” containing data about parents, children and caregivers.


“There is no evidence to date that the information has been misused in any way,” stated the letter signed by interim department director Kathleen Hrepich.

“However, it is possible that your personal information may be impacted by this incident.”


Stored data was being transferred from an IBM facility in the state of Colorado to California, and some devices holding information were missing upon arrival, according to Hrepich. The loss was reportedly discovered on March 12.

Information unaccounted for included people’s names, addresses, social security numbers, and places of employment, the letter said.

IBM and the California governor’s press office did not return requests for comment. Hrepich did not disclose how many people were at risk.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: California, Children, IBM, Internet, IT, Parents, Records
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.