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USB Drive With Personal Information For Thousands Of State Workers Is Missing

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DENVER (CBS4) – Personal information for thousands of state workers has gone missing.

A state employee lost a USB drive with the Social Security numbers and home addresses of nearly 19,000 workers while transporting it between work locations.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the state is contacting every individual with a phone call and/or letter to notify them, apologize, and direct them to resources through the Colorado Attorney General’s Office for additional identity protection information,” Tauna Lockhart with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology said in a statement.

There’s no indication the information has been misused or stolen, but it is missing.

“The Office of Information Security is continuing all necessary efforts to recover the file,” said Jonathan Trull, Colorado’s Chief Information Security Officer. “We are also reviewing and revising procedures and practices to minimize the risk of recurrence.”

Lockhart said the employee “did not follow established protocol for securing data. Appropriate disciplinary action was taken.”

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