Government agency exposes day-care data: RentACoder lands right in the thick of this one.
Two separate databases with personal information about children and their families were exposed. In one case, a list of children in the county’s low-income day-care program was intentionally posted for download on Jan. 22 to a Web site used by computer programmers to hire temporary help. Another database, listing families participating in the county’s foster care program, was posted to the same Web site in November. Both remained on the site, free for anyone to download, until they were removed Thursday.
The site in question was RentACoder, which we’ve talked about before. Apparently a subcontrator was having a problem with one of the tables, and thought nothing of posting a zipped copy of the database to a RentACoder forum. Sadly, the database contained information on the routines and whereabouts of hundreds of low-income New York children. Ugly.
For the record, it wasn’t so much RentACoder’s fault, but they’re still in the thick of it according to the article. This can’t be good for publicity. Via Slashdot.