Illinois state-run website left users' private data completely exposed - KMOV.com

Illinois state-run website left users' private data completely exposed

(KMOV.com) -- Imagine your most private information, including medical data, available for anyone to see on a state-run website.          

 

It might sound impossible - but one Illinois state agency admits it happened.

The problem was discovered by the Illinois State Auditor. As it turns out, consumers who filed complaints with the Illinois Commerce Commission through their “e-docket” found themselves exposed big time.

The auditor claims significant information was made available to anyone who was searching the ICC’s website - specifically the e-docket complaint system.

In some cases, names, addresses, social security numbers, credit history and even medical data were available for anyone to see.

The auditor said disclosing this information appears to be a violation of state law.

People use the e docket system to file complaints against utilities and industries regulated by the commerce commission.

The commerce commission says they now warn applicants against disclosing private information.

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