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January 30, 2020

Iowa Department of Human Services Sends Notification of Data Breach

On January 24, the Iowa Department of Human Services announced that close to 5000 individuals were receiving notification of a breach of personal information relating to income maintenance and social work cases in Dallas County, Iowa. The breach occurred on November 25, 2019 when a contracted custodial company mistakenly emptied boxes of documents that were meant to be shredded into a garbage dumpster. The incident was discovered after the dumpster had been emptied. The documents could potentially include medical information, mental health and substance abuse information, receipt of Medicaid, and prescription drug information. The Department stated that it had received no reports that any of the affected individuals had their information misused.