Updated 09/10/2012 09:06 PM
Social security numbers posted online
There are new developments to report surrounding an investigation into how the social security numbers of assistant district attorneys and staffers in the Albany County District Attorney's office ended up in the hands of a blogger and ultimately leaked online. Our Solomon Syed has the latest on this troubling incident.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- According to the Albany County comptroller, a computer glitch following a FOIL request opened those social security numbers up for public consumption, but documents obtained by YNN Monday may suggest otherwise.
Comptroller Michael Conners said, "It is a terrible situation."
The social security numbers of more than 20 assistant district attorneys and staffers in the Albany County district attorney's office were exposed on the local blog New York Citizen One.
"It was an inadvertent error that occurred," said Conners, who pointed to an unidentified FOIL request which was made for thousands of dollars worth of allegedly inappropriate bonuses paid out by District Attorney David Soars.
The computer program generating the report wasn't set to hide the corresponding social security numbers. Citizen One founder Theresa Grafflin published the financial reports last week, along with the social security numbers, before taking them down. Conners' office has launched an investigation.
"No one in my office, not me, not anyone in here, had anything to do with the publishing of this information," said Conners.
However, YNN obtained a copy of the original documents posted to the Citizen One blog and they appear to indicate an employee in the county comptrollers' office requested the reports. Still, it's unclear who ultimately handed these documents directly to Grafflin, apparently bypassing the FOIL process.
County Executive Dan McCoy issued two executive orders calling for the state Attorney General and the Albany County Attorney to conduct their own independent investigation, while also demanding reforms to county policy that could result in discipline or termination for employees who release private personal information.
"My reply to that is we'll cooperate with any investigation," said Conners.
Conners says he expects his office's investigation to be completed in a week to 10 days.
Theresa Grafflin did not respond to YNN's request for an interview and a spokesperson for David Soares says his office will not comment on an ongoing investigation.