The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has acknowledged that a mobile device containing more than 100,000 youth and employee records was recently stolen from a secure DJJ office.
"The DJJ reported the breach to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] Friday after initially reporting the incident on Jan. 2 to the Tallahassee Police Department," writes The Palm Beach Post's Julius Whigham II.
The device was not encrypted or password-protected, as required by DJJ policy.
"This is an unacceptable lapse that could potentially expose youth and employees to identity theft," department secretary Wansley Walters said in a statement. "We are working to determine who may be affected by the breach and make sure that all other devices with confidential information are properly protected. We are partnering with TPD to track down the stolen device and have reached out to FDLE."
"This may not be the department’s first 'unacceptable lapse,'" DataBreaches.net reports. "In September 2012, a small item in the Orlando Sentinel reported that three computers 'containing sensitive Department of Juvenile Justice information' were stolen. The theft, which occurred at the Boca Club apartments, was reported to and by the Orlando Police, who would not reveal any other details citing the ongoing investigation."