A pair of congressional subcommittee chairmen are asking the head of the Internal Revenue Service about a recent report that the agency accidentally posted thousands of Social Security numbers on the Internet.
The Web site Public.Resource.org, which specializes in posting government documents in the public domain, discovered the privacy breach and promptly alerted the IRS, as well as the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration earlier this month (see IRS Accidentally Exposed Tens of Thousands of Social Security Numbers). The organization found the IRS had posted a database containing the filings of Section 527 political organizations such as campaign committees. The site discovered the privacy breach on July 2 and notified TIGTA, documented its findings in an audit document, and sent copies to IRS officials and senior White House officials, according to founder Carl Malamud. On July 3, the administration removed the database from public view.
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