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CMS employees may have identities compromised

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) District is reviewing its policies when it comes to handling employees' personal information. A security breach that happened last year has forced the district to do this.

Back in November a worker from the district's Human Resources department was traveling in her car with about 80 employees' files. The files included workers' social security number, address, birth date and drivers license number.

"It's kind of surprising," President of Teamster Local #71 Ted Russell said. "That would be in a car just driving around."

While the worker stopped to get a bite to eat, someone broke into that car and stole the files.

"This was a big breach of security," Russell said. "And it should have been guarded a lot more careful than what it was."

The district says so far there is no evidence employees' information has been compromised.

In the meantime CMS is offering to pay for a year of credit monitoring for employees. That will cost the district about $8,000.

Also CMS has linked employees to information to detect if their identity has been stolen. Russell thinks the district should take it a step further and do more for the employees.

"If someone's identity is stolen," the president said. "Is CMS going to foot the bill to get it corrected, cause that could be a horrifying experience."

CMS also said the worker did nothing wrong. No word when or if CMS will change its policies concerning handling employees information.

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