California Publishes Social Security Numbers

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 2:11pm

State mistakenly publishes private data belonging to thousands of home health care workers.

The State of California has mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the Internet.

Officials from the Department of Health Care Services admitted to posting nearly 14,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for In-Home Supportive Services.

"This was inadvertent and we sincerely regret this has happened," said Norman Williams, deputy director for public affairs for the Department of Health Care Services.

The confidential information was available on the state's Medi-Cal website for anyone to see for a period of nine days, before the mistake was discovered and the numbers removed.

"It's really going to hurt a lot of people, and the bad guys are going to be out there in seventh heaven," said Julie Hansen, who works 50 hours a week as an in-home care provider.

Hansen makes $10 an hour taking care of her son, Joe Marques, who is legally blind and takes eight separate medications to combat seizures.

Social Security numbers are a key ingredient for identity theft.

"If we do get bad reports or money against our accounts, they should be liable," Hansen said.

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