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Private data of more than 1,000 IDOC employees mailed to inmate after FOIA request

ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

The Illinois Department of Corrections says they are conducting a full audit of their FOIA unit after they discovered the private information of more than 1,000 employees was released to a private citizen on behalf of an inmate.

According to IDOC, preliminary findings show that human error led to names, salaries, job positions/ranks and social security numbers being released without redaction or a full review.

They say they are conducting a full audit and will have more streamlined procedures to prevent this from happening again.

According to IDOC, on Aug. 14 they discovered the information was transmitted in a FOIA request.

They say they immediately notified the affected employees and took steps to ensure that their identities and credit would not be further breached. IDOC said each of them will be offered free credit monitoring services.

As a result of the data release, IDOC launched an internal investigation and discovered that the private citizen who requested the information was doing so on behalf of an IDOC inmate.

According to IDOC, mailroom staff intercepted the package during a routine inspection of incoming mail. The documents were immediately secured in the facility vault.

The inmate was interviewed and a search of the inmate's cell was conducted. The IDOC said no employee information was found in the cell. They say they reviewed the inmate's recent phone conversations also, but did not find any discussions about getting employee social security numbers.

IDOC staff interviewed the civilian who issued the FOIA request for the names, ranks and salaries of employees who worked at Dixon and Lawrence Correctional Centers during Fiscal Year 15. They say the civilian said that he never looked at the multi-page FOIA response and was unaware that it contained personal information.

IDOC said he agreed to a polygraph test and tested truthful to that statement.

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