California EDD Acknowledges Data Breach

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California's Employment Development Department, which manages unemployment insurance and disability insurance for the state, recently began notifying an undisclosed number of people that their confidential information, including their full names and Social Security numbers, may have been provided by mistake to employers for whom they hadn't worked.

"Employers regularly receive these claim filing notices as part of the verification required in processing unemployment benefits and are aware that the information contained in them is confidential," EDD chief information security officer Christian Turner wrote in the notification letter [PDF]. "In fact, some of these notices already have been returned to the EDD by employers noting the information on the notice does not match their records."

"The EDD assures you that the cause was identified and corrected to prevent any further occurrences," Turner wrote. Anyone with questions is advised to contact (916) 654-7401.