More than 1,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Illinois Department of Corrections employees were inadvertently released, the agency said Friday, in a response to a public records equest.
The affected employees work at the Lawrence and Dixon correctional centers, acting agency director Gladyse Taylor said in a letter informing the Illinois General Assembly of the breach.
“There is no indication that the information has been misusedd,” department spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said. “We are in the process of notifying the impacted employees.”
The corrections department workers’ names, ranks, salaries and job duties also were released, according to Wilson, who said agency officials were made aware of the security breach Friday.
The data was released in response to a records request made under the Illinois Freedom of Information Actt, but state officials did not say who submitted the request or what information it sought.
Taylor’s letter said the department is investigating and that it plans to review its policies regarding FOIA requests.
Contributing: Maudlyne Ihejirika