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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