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Thousands of California drivers have had their social security numbers exposed in a data breach, which gave federal agencies to prevent unauthorized access, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced Tuesday, according to a new report.
The break, it appeared that the drivers have no social security numbers, which it is, especially with regards to illegal immigrants who have been issued licences by the state, The Los Angeles Times reported. The state had promised the driver that the immigration authorities will not grant access to their information.
Some of the data that have been used as part of an investigation into a criminal activity, or to comply with applicable tax law, the officials said.
DMVS DO NOT SELL YOUR INFORMATION, AND THE CREATION OF MILLIONS OF DOCUMENTS ALLEGEDLY REVEALING
Of the seven agencies that received the information from the IRS, the Small Business Administration, and the district attorneys offices of San Diego, and Santa Clara county. It was unclear if the immigration authorities have access.
The DMV said the breach was an error and not a hack and unauthorized access to the data cut-off Sept. 2, when the error was discovered.
The agency has been made aware of the 3,200 drivers, that the information was improperly shared, “in the wrong”.
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“The protection of your personal information is important to get to the DMV, and we have taken additional steps in order to correct this error, the protection of such information, and to confirm our serious commitment to privacy and to protection of the rights of all license holders,” DMV spokeswoman Anita Gore said in a statement on Tuesday, according to The Times. “That’s the reason for USING it immediately, it began to correct the error in the admission of a legal compliance review to ensure that no confidential information is disclosed to these entities, and has implemented a number of additional layers of review.”
The California DMV will also have to deal with the criticism for long lines and poor management.