The Florida unemployment agency will offer free identity protection services to 98 people.
A “data security incident” at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has prompted the state’s beleaguered unemployment agency to offer free, identity protection services to 98 people affected by the security incident.
The problem was addressed within one hour of the DEO learning of the incident, according to a statement emailed to The Palm Beach Post on Friday. The department did not say how, when or what type of information was compromised but has asked those affected to report unauthorized activity to their financial accounts.
“At this time, we have not received any reports of malicious activity,” according to DEP statement.
Data security concerns have dogged the DEO for years. In four audits in the past 10 years, auditors found shoddy security protocols at the agency, which collects social security numbers, employment history and bank details from applicants.
Concerns raised by auditors include employees having access to sensitive data not required for their jobs, a delay in deactivating employee access after termination and allowing applicants to use their social security numbers to log into their accounts.
This is a developing story.