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FEMA admits to oversharing disaster survivor personal information

Thousands of Camp Fire survivors are among the 2.5 million disaster survivors across the country who FEMA says may have had their personal information improperly shared.

Posted: Sep 14, 2019 11:26 AM
Updated: Sep 14, 2019 11:36 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Thousands of Camp Fire survivors are among the 2.5 million disaster survivors across the country who FEMA says may have had their personal information improperly shared.

FEMA initially announced this back in March.

Survivors who were a part of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program received letters about the possibility of their information being overshared.

The letter said banking and address information was shared with CLC Lodging, which was hired to help with transitional sheltering.

One Camp Fire survivor, Karen Kolbsmith, is having trouble coming to terms with the news.

"It's just epic. There's just so much work to be done as a survivor and now this is another administrative task that takes so much time when you're already trying to figure out how to stay in butte county, how to stay in touch with your friends that have flown across the United States. There's so many rebuilding efforts that everybody now has; it's like a second job," said Karen Kolbsmith.

FEMA said it arranged to have credit monitoring services available for effected disaster survivors for the next 18 months.

Victor Inge, a spokesperson from FEMA, wants to emphasize that there wasn't a malicious data hack, but an accidental over-sharing of information.

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