Florida’s Concealed Carry Permit Holders Names Exposed

Government (U.S.)

Floridians who renew their concealed weapons licenses online may have had their names accessed as a part of data breach.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services acknowledged Monday a data breach that originated “overseas.” The department's statement said it notified 469 people whose Social Security numbers may have been accessed and it will offer them free credit protection for a year.

The names of more than 16,000 people who hold concealed weapons licenses may have also been accessed. The department’s inspector general said the license holders face “no risk” of identity theft because any other information accessed in the breach is all public information.

The department said no financial information was accessed and it will do a comprehensive review of its cybersecurity practices.