Williamsport, PA Police Department Puts 174 at RiskFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2007
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania. The Williamsport, PA police department website exposed the names, birth dates, social security numbers, and other potentially sensitive information of approximately 174 individuals on their website. When the file was discovered in early August, 2007, it had already been removed from the website, but remained in Google's Cache. The file purported to be updated as of 6/27/2007.
Both the police department and Google were notified, and the file was removed from Google's cache.
Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.nationalidwatch.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed. NationalIDWatch.org has a list of recommended steps victims should take.
National ID Watch is a search engine for personal information breaches. Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, NationalIDWatch.org provides more than a million free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.
Each Identity Exposure Report (IXR) documents what types of personal information were exposed (such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc.), without revealing them. Each IXR also details the situation surrounding each exposure, and contact information of those responsible for the breach. Armed with this information, victims can further investigate, take action, or correct harm.