Data Breach May Impact Local Residents, Says McGinnis
– Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair) is advising residents of the 79th District of the possibility they may be impacted by a data breach involving the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. In late June, four of the department’s laptop computers were stolen from a locked rental vehicle. They have not been recovered.
“The Department of Revenue reports that the personal information of 865 taxpayers wasn’t properly secured on one of the stolen laptops,” said McGinnis. “I was told by a department official that a significant number of those people live here in the 79th District.”
McGinnis said those potentially affected by the breach will be receiving a notice in the mail advising them of the protections being offered by the department, as well as the next steps to be taken.
As a precaution, the department will provide them with one year of free credit monitoring with Experian, one of the three major credit reporting agencies. This service will provide affected individuals with automatic notifications of key changes in their credit reports and identity theft insurance.
“Safeguarding the information of taxpayers is a top priority for the department,” said Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty. “We are taking proactive steps to help those who could be potentially impacted and to ensure this does not happen again.”
The department’s computer network has not been accessed or hacked and remains secure.
Residents with questions regarding the data breach should contact McGinnis’ district office in Altoona at (814) 946-7218.
Representative John McGinnis
79th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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