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[Dataloss] MA: State's error unveiled Social Security numbers

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Wed Jul 07 2010 - 07:10:44 CDT


The Massachusetts secretary of state's office, which is charged with
enforcing financial rules for investment companies, accidentally released
confidential personal information earlier this year on 139,000 investment
advisers registered with the state.

The data, including the advisers. Social Security numbers, were on a
CD-ROM sent to IA Week, an investment industry publication that had
requested public information from the Securities Division, which Secretary
of State William F. Galvin oversees.

IA Week had asked for a list of registered investment companies. The
Securities Division responded by sending a list of individual investment

In addition to their names and Social Security numbers, this list included
their dates and locations of birth, height, weight, hair color, and eye

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