March 30, 2012 – Social Security numbers, health care information and other sensitive data may be at risk for more than 800,000 people from storage drives the State of California said have gone missing from its contractors, IBM and Iron Mountain.

Late Thursday, the state announced that it had learned March 12 that IBM and Iron Mountain could not locate “several specialized computer storage devices” containing personal information from the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). The devices were in-transit from an IBM facility in Colorado back to California, according to a DCSS department release. While not describing the types of storage devices, DCSS interim director Kathleen Hrepich said the risk of personal data exposure was low and would not impact DCSS’s daily processing activities.

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