VA Releases Personal Information Of 2,200 Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs says personal information for more than 2,200 veterans, including Social Security numbers, was posted on Ancestry.com after it mistakenly released the data through the Freedom of Information Act.

The department said Friday there is no indication the information was misused, but it is still notifying all potentially affected veterans and is offering free credit monitoring. The department also said that Ancestry.com removed the information as soon as the VA alerted it to the department's mistake.

While the VA was required to release the requested records under the Freedom of Information Act, somehow information about living veterans was released as part of a database about deceased veterans. The department said it is investigating how the mistake happened.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 03:59 PM
    Another miscue under the watch of our bumbling Commander in Chief, Barrack Obama.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jan 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
    Calm Down "chicken little". The sky is not falling. My son and I are both VA patients with similar diagnosis 2 out of 3 same Drs. too. He is a Jr. also. The VA has done an awesome job of preventing the wrong meds to to the wrong recipient. If you read the article ancestry pulled the info and free credit monitoring is being offered. Relax. Would the screams be as loud if it was an article that DMV was hacked into? I wonder.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    Release of personnal information is against FEDERAL law. Those directly responsible should be fired and prosecuted.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    and as the government expands, it will only get worse. right lavon? you work for the government.
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    so, what are they going to do about it, and what do we do. too much info passed along... not right
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