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'Human Error' Exposes Personal Information of 3,300 in Indianapolis

Spreadsheet sat on city Web server for at least 11 days

A "human error" led to the posting of the personal data of about 3,300 individuals charged with minor drug and alcohol offenses to the city of Indianapolis's Website late last month.

According to a local newspaper report, a spreadsheet containing the names, Social Security numbers, and addresses of the individuals was accessible via the Website for at least 11 days.

The spreadsheet was taken down Oct. 9 after the city's Information Services Agency was told about the problem. To be on the safe side, the city also reverted back to an older Website, because the the exposure took place on a new site that was activated only recently.

City officials say they are confident that no other personal data was exposed. The individuals involved have been notified.

— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading