The Department of Employment and Workforce is notifying more than 4,000 current and former employees that their personal information – including their dates of birth and Social Security numbers – was downloaded onto an unencrypted mobile storage device.
The download happened on Dec. 18. DEW officials were alerted to the download by security software. The next day, SLED launched an investigation and the employee – whom DEW officials have not named – was suspended without pay. DEW fired that employee Tuesday and began preparing to notify the 4,658 people affected by the breach.
Only current and former employees of DEW and their dependents of were affected. Personal information of the approximately 17,000 people now receiving unemployment benefits in South Carolina was not affected.
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