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Last updated 8:44PM ET
July 15, 2018
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
State worker data stolen from employee's car, governor says
(WOUB) - Governor Strickland says a backup computer storage device containing personal information on the state's entire work force has been stolen.

The disk contains information from 64,000 state employees but not those employed at the state's universities and colleges.

Strickland says the theft occurred last weekend after an intern mistakenly left the device in his car, parked outside an apartment.

The governor says there's no reason to believe anyone has accessed the Social Security numbers and other information on the state's employees.

He says that would require special knowledge and equipment.

Still, the state is offering workers a year of free identity protection services.

Strickland says his biggest concern is protecting the state employees from possible misuse of their personal information.

Officials say employees had been taking the backup home for safekeeping on a rotating basis.

The governor has now issued an order ending that practice.
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