Privacy on the Line

Number 26346
Subject Privacy
Source Scripps Howard News Service
State Washington D.C.
Year 2013
Publication Date May 20 - Sept. 25
Summary “Privacy on the Line” documented security breaches and fraud in the implementation of a $2 billion federal phone subsidy for low-income families. We found tens of thousands of applicants to Lifeline, were put at heightened risk for identity theft when more than 170,000 sensitive records were posted publicly online. While researching companies participating in the Lifeline program, Scripps investigative reporter Isaac Wolf discovered a data breach touching residents of 26 states.
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Keywords security breaches; fraud; federal phone subsidy; low-income families; Lifeline; sensitive records; Social Security numbers; TerraCom;
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