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October 18, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Data theft update
(2007-07-16)
(WOUB) - The Columbus Dispatch reports that state employees had been ordered to remove thousands of Social Security numbers from a new payroll system two months before a
computer backup tape containing the personal data was stolen from an intern.

Using a public records request, the newspaper obtained a copy of an e-mail written in April by David White. He's the executive program manager for the computer system.

In the e-mail, White said he wanted all files with Social Security numbers to be moved to a secure directory.

The backup tape containing the data was stolen in June from the intern's unlocked car.

Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles says a report on the stolen backup tape could be issued Friday. He declined to say whether White's order to move sensitive data off the main network was ignored.
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