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More unemployed New Yorkers' personal information exposed than originally thought

Jennifer Lewke
Updated: April 28, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: April 28, 2020 04:48 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) — The State of New York is now saying more people had their personal information inadvertently shared than originally thought.

A News10NBC investigation found the Department of Labor inadvertently sent out some of the personal information of those applying for unemployment benefits to other applicants.

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News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke broke the story Monday and went to the governor’s briefing in Syracuse Tuesday to ask him about it.  

The governor's office tried downplaying the situation Monday, saying they thought only about three dozen people were impacted, but after

News10NBC’s investigation showed those numbers were likely much higher, they had a change of tune Tuesday.

Jennifer Lewke: “You said you believed it was three dozen or so... I spoke to three dozen families myself, just me that got someone else’s information in the mail… their Social Security numbers, their phone numbers where they work on their financial information have you had a chance to re-examine their exposure? 

Melissa DeRosa (Secretary to the Governor): “So that’s what we were aware of as of yesterday morning. After further investigation it was one mailing that was the problem where literally two pieces of paper, when they were printed and collated, were stuck together, and that caused the whole mailing to be off. So we haven’t identified the specific number. They’re looking at that right now, but out of an abundance of caution everyone whose forms were printed and mailed that day are going to receive free credit monitoring for an entire year, and they’re having their claims prioritized. So they are working on that”

De Rosa also said the number is higher than the original three dozen, and that the state has isolated the impacted mailing.

Lewke: “And what day was that?”

Melissa: “I can get that info to you, it was the end of last week.”

So if you received your determination letter late last week and it includes someone else’s information, or it was less than five pages long, your information may have been compromised too.

If you got your letter late last week, and it’s less than five pages or includes someone else's information, try to get through to the Department of Labor either by phone, its online messaging system or via social media.

If you’re unable to file your complaint about this exposure of personal information, email your name and address to News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke at jlewke@whec.com.

Stay with News10NBC as this is a developing story. Follow Jennifer Lewke on Facebook and Twitter for updates.


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