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Police accidentally share personal data in online police log

August 16, 2019

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Police in Amherst say they inadvertently published Social Security numbers and other private information tied to more than 20 people on the department’s website.

MassLive.com reports that an online log of police calls in July included the addresses, birthdays and Social Security numbers for 26 people. It included some who requested help from police and some who were arrested.

Amherst Capt. Gabriel Ting says the information was published in error and was online for less than 24 hours. He said the department would notify those whose information was released.

Resident Megan Bergeron told MassLive.com that she didn’t know her personal information had been posted online until her sister saw the website and called her.

The department says police logs will now be reviewed by a supervisor before being publicly shared.

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