West Virginia Takes Down All Business Files After Insurance Agent’s Data Disclosed

June 4, 2014

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office has removed all business filings from its website after one displayed an individual’s Social Security number.

Tennant told WCHS-TV that the image displaying the number was immediately removed after her office was notified.

She said all business filings have been removed as a precautionary measure. Her office is reviewing the filings to ensure that businesses and their owners are protected.

Tennant said the number that was displayed was contained in a business filing submitted in 2008, before she took office. She said she implemented heightened security measures to prevent such incidents.

Countryside Insurance owner Sandra Kay Ashworth told WCHS-TV that her Social Security number was displayed on the secretary of state’s website on Friday.

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