Archive for Friday, April 30, 2010

Governor wants to keep citizens’ private information away from inmates

April 30, 2010


— Gov. Mark Parkinson on Friday announced that his office was taking steps to make sure that Kansas prison inmates do not have access to citizens’ personal information.

“When I first heard about a program, that had begun in the 1980s and involved prisoners in programs where they may have access to citizens’ private information, I was immediately concerned,” Parkinson said.

“I directed my staff to begin working with the state agencies involved to fix these programs as soon as possible,” he said.

He said new safeguards are being implemented to prevent inmate access to citizens’ information, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and driver’s license numbers.

Inmates in Kansas have been doing data entry for the state, cities, counties and non-profit groups since 1985.


igby 7 years, 7 months ago

They have access to facebook and myspace?

ralphralph 7 years, 7 months ago

No matter what they saw, it's just a character flaw.

kernal 7 years, 7 months ago

My all time favorite was when TWA airlines reservations were done by prison inmates. Of course that included a lot of credit card information and knowledge of when people would be away from home.

Richard Payton 7 years, 7 months ago

Personal information is available in many ways. Many are unaware of the hidden dangers of copiers with no security, unlike computers. Most digitial copy machines could store creditcard numbers, health records, social security information and other private information in hard drives. The copy machines store all images ever made on the machine. Most companies do not erase the hard drive in the copier. Many copy machines are then resold as used for a few hundred dollars.

wastewatcher 7 years, 7 months ago

Seems to me that the GOV is making a PR event out of a serious situation. The post above about accident reports seems to indicate that the GOV should order a full review of all state activities that make private personal information public. What about traffic tickets ? Does the state have a policy dealing with this situation or should we depend on PR opportunities to fix the problem.

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