The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 10, 2008
State responds to data security concerns

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Today's profile of state worker Rachael Rivas Dumbrique by Bee reporter Andrew McIntosh reminded us of this memo recently released by the state Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection.

The memo, released a week after our blog and a companion column about about state database security concerns, opens with this reminder:

Safeguarding against and preventing security breaches involving personal information is essential to maintaining the public's trust in government. Failure to protect personal information can place people in jeopardy in a variety of ways, including identity theft, damage to reputation, and physical injury.

While ultimate responsibility rests with agency heads, every employee plays a role in the protection of personal information. This memo should receive the widest possible distribution within state agencies, and each organization and individual must understand their specific responsibilities for implementing and complying with information security and privacy requirements and procedures.

Despite recent stories about Dumbrique and former Sheriff's Deputy Chu Vue, it's worth saying again: We believe that the vast majority of state workers are honest and don't abuse their power to peek at intimate personal information.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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