Georgia agency mistakenly released Social Security numbers

Most involve residents in suburban Atlanta, officials say



ATLANTA — 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 e-mail and attachment.

People whose information was shared are primarily from Cobb and Cherokee counties, officials said.

State officials asked those who received the e-mail to hit the delete button.

“This e-mail and the attachment contained confidential information that must be deleted,” labor officials said in a follow-up e-mail to people who received the data. “We request that you please delete the e-mail and attachment immediately.”

State labor officials say they will provide free credit monitoring services to all of the people affected. But some people remained concerned about the potential for identity theft.

Raymond Hickcox said he was worried that everyone who got the e-mail won’t be honest and delete the information.

“Clearly, everybody can make a mistake,” Hickcox said. “Now that it’s out, what do you do to keep people’s information from being compromised?”


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