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Data breach for housing authority

Rochester, N.Y.--Social security numbers, tenant names, addresses and phone numbers were given out by a staff member of the Rochester Housing Authority to a tenant group at one apartment complex.

The data breach happened during the fall, as a residents' council was planning an event and requested some information from the RHA, according to Executive Director Alex Castro.

Last week during a meeting with tenants of Lexington Court, the issue arose, RHA asked the tenant for the documents and began to form a plan.

"We have a policy not to share that information," Castro. "Unfortunately, never the less, it was shared with the residents. Not only the names, but the social security numbers were included on the list."

The staff member who shared that information has since been fired, Castro said.

"I don't think it should have ever happened," said LaDawn Williams, a resident at Lexington Court. "I think that they really need to govern things out here better."

Castro said that he and other RHA employees went door-to-door to explain the data breach to its residents.

"I'll be here working with the staff to make sure the residents don't suffer any negative consequences because of this," Castro said. "We're not waiting for something to happen."

In a letter sent to residents Friday morning, RHA asked residents to monitor financial accounts using the Federal Trade Commission's website or call 1-877-ID-Theft.

The authority is considering further fraud monitoring measures for its roughly 150 tenants at Lexington Court.

 
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