City of Austin releases hundreds of local Social Security numbers

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Time Warner Cable News reports the city of Austin mistakenly released hundreds of Austin residents’ Social Security numbers to the public.

The news source had requested government documents, which are available to anyone who asks, from the city for an unrelated story. Though state law requires sensitive information like Social Security numbers to be redacted or blacked out before release, the documents TWCN received were not censored.

“It’s not necessarily pertinent to our stories but if it ends up in the wrong hands it can be quite detrimental,” said TWCN reporter Jeff Stensland.

TWCN has reached out to the city of Austin about the oversight. The city said they will send the news source a new set of documents with social security numbers blacked out but have not given a statement on why the error was made.

Watch TWCN’s full story here. 

 

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