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DSHS Accidentally Sent Client's Personal Information to Wrong Addresses

The state Department of Social and Health Services(DSHS) accidentally sent the clients personal information,child-support payments.


The addresses was a violation of health privacy laws, the Division of Child Support on Tuesday released a statement notifying the public about the inadvertent disclosure of private information.
Adolfo Capestany, a spokesman for the division, said that none of the released addresses were determined to be highly sensitive, such as those belonging to foster families, or the addresses of victims of domestic violence.

Capestany said the individuals whose information was released have been notified and the state has apologized for the mishap.

Those letters correctly included the addresses of the children and their custodial parents. However copies of those letters, which should have had the custodial parents' addresses removed by DSHS, were inadvertently sent to the noncustodial parents.

The Economic Services Administration has reviewed the related quality assurance protocols and will be instituting oversight of production to ensure that correct data will be used.

ESA has no way of knowing if the information in the letters has been accessed or used for identity theft. Clients can get more information on actions to protect themselves through the websites of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General at: 

http://www.atg.wa.gov/ConsumerIssues/ID-Privacy.aspx and for the Federal Trade Commission at:http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft//.




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