More Data Losses Reported

Continuing a long streak of government data losses, the Department of Community Health in Georgia disclosed yesterday that a contractor lost a CD containing the personal information of 2.9 million Georgians, according to CNET news.

The department's claim processor contractor, Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services, lost the disc sometime after March 22, CNET reports.

Reports of government agencies losing personal data have been mounting. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported this month that the IRS lost 490 laptops during a three-and-a-half-year period ending June 2006, as we’ve blogged before. An Army laptop containing names, social security numbers, and payroll information was stolen from a privately owned car at Ft. Monroe, Va., according to the public affairs office for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Last week, the University of California at San Francisco notified 46,000 students, faculty and staff that their personal data may have been stolen.