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By | Dan Goodin 10th October 2007 23:28

Ohio docks official one week's holiday for data breach

Penalty time

Ohio's Department of Administrative Services says it's learned its lesson following the pilfering of a tape that contained personal data belonging to more than 130,000 people. And to prove it the agency is docking a whole week's holiday time from the man who failed to ensure the security of the information.

Jerry Miller, a payroll team leader with the agency, learned of the decision two weeks ago and has accepted the punishment, according to ComputerWorld. A third party retained by Ohio's Office of Collective Bargaining investigated the breach and recommended the penalty.

The loss of the tape, which contained social security numbers and other sensitive information, is expected to cost the state about $3m.

"One lesson that the state learned is that we need to throw more resources at security and privacy when we have an issue like that," a spokesman told the trade mag. "The next time the state takes on a project of this scope, we're going to have people on the job whose major responsibility is just data security." ®

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