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The Orange County Social Services Office accidentally sent out a list of 30 welfare applicants, complete with their Social Security numbers and other personal information to an applicant for HEAP heating assistance. Joseph Vetimiglia, who had been turned down for a heating grant, had asked for his file so that he could appeal the decision. What he got instead, was the welfare applicant list. After reading the first couple of lines, and seeing people’s immigration status among other personal information, he realized the mistake that had been made, and contacted the Social Service Office.

Vetimiglia stresses that there is no excuse for what happened. With so much personal information being compromised, the Orange County DSS needs to review its policies and procedures to ensure the continued integrity of personal information.

 

Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing personal injury law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1981. www.KmarksLaw.com