DDS Issues Notice of Potential Breach
The Department of Developmental Services today informed the public about a recent incident that may have resulted in the breach of confidential information. On February 11, a break-in occurred at the DDS legal and audits office building in Sacramento. The trespassers ransacked files, vandalized and stole state property and started a fire. The Department has no evidence that personal and health information was compromised due to the incident. However, out of an abundance of caution, it is notifying clients and the public about the incident and following federal requirements regarding potential breaches.
As detailed in the notices below, the people who broke into the building had access to the health information of about 582,000 individuals served by DDS. They also had access to the personal information of about 15,000 employees of regional centers, service providers, applicants seeking employment with the Department’s audits office, and parents of minors enrolled in DDS programs.
DDS immediately notified law enforcement authorities when the incident occurred, and an investigation is ongoing.
A press release is available at https://www.dds.ca.gov/securitynotice/docs/breachPressRelease.pdf, and a security notice webpage has been set up at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SecurityNotice/
For More Information: If you have additional questions about this breach, please contact the Department’s call center Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, at (877) 790-8160