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New Jersey Nearly Sold Secret Data

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The New York Times

March 9, 2011- New Jersey Comptroller Mathew A. Boxer stopped the auction of computers to the public last year, 79% of which contained confidential information, including driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, and social service information. While the state was able to halt the sale of the equipment, it is a near certainty that hard drives containing information were sold to the public before the practice ended.

“What happened before our auditors got there is obviously an issue of concern,” he said. “The risk here is enormous.”

“Public-agency breaches are disheartening because they have so much data, and much of it is sensitive,” said Beth Givens, director of The Privacy Rights Clearing House. “Data stewardship should be the top priority for them.”

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