The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has revealed that 7 US government entities have been improperly receiving Social Security number information for the last four years.
According to the LA Times Tuesday, this data breach affects around 3,200 individuals.
Anita Gore, deputy director of Communications at the CA DMV mentioned in an emailed statement that “Protection of personal information is important to the DMV, and we have taken additional steps to correct this error, protect this information and reaffirm our serious commitment to protecting the privacy rights of all license holders,”.
She also mentioned that the California Department of Motor Vehicles “immediately began correcting the access error.”
Now, it will require sign-off and review by DMV’s chief legal counsel whenever any SSN information is being sought.
Those seven entities were the California Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), San Diego County DA, Santa Clara DA and Office of Inspector General – Small Business Administration, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The DMV mentioned that no other information was accessed, and there was no hacking or sharing of information.
The DMV sent a letter to all influenced people to inform them about the breach.
The letter says that “DMV improperly allowed a small number of government agencies, including the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, access to social security number information due to a misinterpretation of federal law,”.
The letter informs each person of which agency was given access to their information and recommends they contact credit reporting agencies Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion.