As we first reported Saturday, many welfare clients in the Hoosier state are learning their personal information has been disclosed. The state’s contractor called RCR Technology says it suffered a ‘computer programming error’ back in April that caused the apparent breach in more than 187 thousand client’s security. We have received several posts to our Eyewitness News Facebook page from people saying they too have fallen victim to this major mistake. David, a Mount Vernon man, thought he and his wife Rhonda were alone after finding out about a major government error. “This could really destroy some one else’s life that’s why I want people to know about it.” David shared his story with Eyewitness news earlier this weekend, hoping to spread the word on what he says is a major flaw made by the state. We find out today that he and his wife are not alone.
Comments poured in to our Eyewitness News Facebook page from others saying they also received the letters informing them that some of their most private information could possibly have been released after the Indiana Family and Social Service’s Administration’s contractor, RCR Technology, experienced what it calls a “computer programming error.”
In their letter from the FSSA is a list of all of the private information Indiana welfare clients could have out in the open. A client’s name, address, telephone number, case number, date of birth, gender, race, e-mail address, type of benefits received, and the social security numbers of possibly 3,926 clients. In another letter from the company that admittedly made the error, is an apology stating ‘we will do everything possible to prevent such an incident from happening again’ and ‘we value our relationship with the state of Indiana.’ But, Hoosiers like David say an apology does not make up for the chance thousands could have a stolen identity. The state says the error occurred April 6th, it was discovered May 10th, and corrected may 21st. David says he didn’t receive a letter notifying him about the mistake until July 5th.