Washington Department of Corrections, Larch Corrections Center

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
January 1, 2010
Tumwater , WA
United States
Washington US
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Breach Total Number: 
Dataloss DB
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A briefcase full of sensitive personnel records was stolen from the vehicle of a Larch Corrections Center manager. Larch human resources manager reportedly took the records home over last weekend to review them, then left his briefcase on the seat of his car while he worked out at the 24-Hour Fitness Center. While he was inside, someone smashed a window in the car. He returned to find the briefcase and 43 files missing. Others had spilled out of the briefcase inside the car. He took the files home to conduct an annual review required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The files contained forms known as I-9s, which provide documentation that employees are legally able to work in the United States. They included driver’s license and Social Security information such as home addresses and dates of birth.