County Website Contains Personal Information
6/27/2006 Source of Title Reprinted with permission
Users of Washington's King County Recorder's Office Website can often peruse personal information, such as Social Security numbers, according to a recent discovery by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. The county officials, including officials from the King County Sheriff Department, were unaware of this security issue.
"I was shocked," said
John Urquhart, a
sergeant with sheriff's department. "I was shocked. I didn't realize that
Social Security numbers were available in such a fairly easy manner to get."
"Clearly this is an avenue that people have been using to perpetrate the identity theft," Dunn said. "It's not thousands of records; it's actually millions of records, millions of pages of records that we have online here in our index. We don't have a process to go back, and we don't have the ability under the law to go back and alter public documents."
Dunn added that he
believes people need to be told that their personal information has been
placed online by the county and that it could place them in harm's way.
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