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Smyrna Man Sues Over Personal Data Leak

The "employee error" at the Georgia Department of Labor put the personal data of almost 5,000 people at risk for identity theft.

A Smyrna man who was one of almost 5,000 people over the age of 55 to have their personal information accidentally leaked by a Georgia Department of Labor employee has filed suit against that department.

On Sept. 5, 2013, a spreadsheet containing the names, ages, home phone numbers, addresses, and Social Security numbers of 4,757 people who had visited the Cobb-Cherokee Career Center was e-mailed to over 1,000 people by mistake.

One of the names on the spreadsheet was Thomas McConnell, who lives in Smyrna. According to the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionMcConnell filed a suit against the Department of Labor in Fulton County Superior Court on Friday and is hoping to attain class-action status.

The suit alleges negligence and invasion of privacy by the Department of Labor, and requests $3 million in monetary damages, which includes covering the cost of credit locks for those affected, reimbursement of credit repair expenses, and protection against current and future incidents of identity theft.

The full complaint may be read at the top of this article.

Although the Department of Labor requested those that received the spreadsheet delete it without looking at it and has offered to provide free credit monitoring for those affected by the leak, many people, including McConnell, are still outraged.

One person told the AJC that he was afraid that some less scrupulous people may not simply delete the e-mail out of hand, but use the information to steal peoples' identities.
Marley Kramer January 24, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Let me tell you the danger in an error of this magnitude. It's just not enough that the GA Dept of Labor is offering free credit monitoring for a year; but that won't stop an unscrupulous predator from using your Social Security Number for other scams. That can put a hold on someone opening credit in your name...but there are other losses that it won't help. A similar thing happened to me when a laptop was stolen from a medical employee's vehicle. That laptop had not only my SSN, but all my medical data for that provider of service. The medical provider gave me free credit monitoring for a year. Three months later, I tried to e-file my Federal Income Tax and ran into a problem. I couldn't figure out why it would not "go through". The IRS suggested I just do a regular paper file, which I did. Six months later, still not having received my refund, I was informed by the IRS that the reason my e-file was "bumped" and that my regular paper file was now confirmed as "bumped" is because someone had already filed my taxes for me and took my refund. So there's a whole lot more that can go wrong other than credit card fraud when a predator gets your Social Security Number.

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