City of Providence

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 21, 2012
Providence , RI
United States
Rhode Island US
Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
3 000
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

The city of Providence accidentally provided the Social Security numbers of almost 3,000 former employees when releasing information for a public records request.  GoLocalProv filed an Access to Public Records Act request in order to obtain information about pension recipients in Providence.  The city's legal team responded by emailing a .pdf file with retiree names, dates of retirement, dates for cost-of-living-adjustments, and monthly pension received each month.  Social security numbers and employee identification numbers were displayed as redacted in the document, but could easily be read when the .pdf file was expanded or when the highlight color of the document was changed to a light color.