RITA reports personal data of 50,000 taxpayers may be at risk

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BRECKSVILLE, OH - About 50,000 people may have had some very important personal information compromised after a DVD from The Regional Income Tax Agency - RITA - has turned up missing.

In November, the agency was preparing some DVDs to be destroyed when one DVD case was found empty. After checking into the missing disc, it was determined that the name, address, Social Security number, and possibly birth dates of approximately 50,000 individuals were on the disc and may now be at risk.

RITA doesn't use DVDs as back up any more. The discs in question were part of their old system and contained copies of tax documents submitted on or before June, 2012. They think that the DVD was most likely destroyed in accordance with their usual process for unlabeled DVDs. (Unlabeled DVDs are shredded and destroyed.)

RITA is notifying those affected in writing and promises that they will be eligible to receive free credit monitoring and identity protection for one year through Experian.