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Social Security numbers exposed on US government transparency site

September 6, 2018

The US government exposed dozens of people’s personal details, including social security numbers, due to an online mishap on a public transparency portal, it emerged this week.

FOIA.gov, a site that centrally administers freedom of information act requests, had been serving up the information for weeks, CNN reported on Monday.

People use the site, operated by the Environmental Protection Agency, as a single go-to source for requesting information from the government.

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