The California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) has acknowledged [PDF file] that hard drives containing approximately 800,000 people's names, Social Security numbers, addresses, driver's license numbers, and other private data were recently lost.

"Four computer storage devices containing data from California's Department of Child Services were lost during transport between Boulder, Colo., and Sacramento, Calif., earlier this month, the Associated Press reported earlier today," writes CNET News' Roger Cheng.

"A spokesman for the state's Office of Technology Services told the AP that it believes the container holding the devices wasn't properly secured and fell out during transport," Cheng writes. "The incident highlights just how easily data can be lost, despite the protections that are put in place."


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