Friday, November 18, 2011

16 Suspended for Snooping on Co-Worker

Sixteen workers at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services have been suspended after allegations they snooped into the confidential files of a co-worker.

The worker, Kristen Trapalis, had been arrested in May on charges of marijuana possession and child endangerment, but the charges were later dropped. OCFS officials refused to identify the specific information the woman’s co-workers had been looking at, but it’s believed that they were accessing a restricted register of child abusers to see if Trapalis had been added to it. If the allegations are true, the employees face sanctions ranging from loss of pay to termination of their employment.

Misuse of access to confidential information beyond what is needed for an employee’s job function is spreading across multiple industries: government (particularly tax authorities), health care, and financial services have all reported employee access violations this year. Earlier, we blogged that employee snooping of confidential medical records of their co-workers was the leading cause of insider breaches among health care providers we surveyed.
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Source: Snoop Case Snares 16 State Workers - Albany Times-Union, November 15, 2011

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