Marines make changes after data of 164,000 people lost on Okinawa
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marine Corps has changed the way it handles personal information after a servicemember lost a disk containing the data of 164,000 people who registered a vehicle for Okinawa base access between January 2007 and September 2017.
On Sept. 22, an airman with Okinawa’s Joint Service Vehicle Registration Office at Camp Foster handed the disk to an Air Force security officer from Kadena Air Base. That security officer was tasked with bringing the disk — which was not password protected or encrypted — to Kadena security forces’ headquarters, where the data were to be uploaded into the Air Force system.
The disk was never seen again.
It contained names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license information, ID numbers, physical descriptions of personnel, vehicle identification numbers and plate numbers, service branch and duty information for servicemembers, dependents, civilian federal employees, contractors and local national master labor contractors.
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