A man from Japan, who works as a supervisor of government aid payments for the coronavirus pandemic in the city of Amagasaki, lost the personal information of about 460,000 people.
According to the loss report, collected by ‘The Guardian’, the official was drinking in a restaurant and lost the USB that contained the data of the beneficiaries of state aid.
The flash drive contained personal information such as names, addresses, dates of birth, identification numbers, tax details and even residents’ bank account details.
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The Japanese realized that he had lost the briefcase with the information on his way home. The next morning, despite the discomfort from the night of drinks, he went to the police and reported the loss.
Fortunately, the data of the beneficiaries of the social programs were encrypted and password protected, in such a way that, according to the authorities, There has been no type of leak or problem with the data contained in the USB.
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Apparently, the subject took the memory from the offices to transfer the data to a call center near Osaka.
“We deeply regret having deeply damaged the public’s trust in the city administration”, an Amagasaki employee apologized, according to ‘The Guardian’.
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In addition, according to the British media, the city promised to guarantee the security of the information and to recover the trust of its inhabitants.
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