Comptroller Data Breach

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Early voting starts Monday for the November 4th elections. But before you head to the polls, KUT wants to make sure you know what you're voting on. Not only on who's running, but on what the office they're running for actually does. To do just that, All Things Considered host Nathan Bernier is going to spend the rest of the week talking with KUT's political reporter Ben Philpott. Ben: I guess we should start with how the office is pronounced. Some people hit the letters M and P when they say " Comptroller." Others pronounce it like the word " Controller." The state's spelling, Comptroller, comes from the Old English spelling. When American governments were getting set up, they often took the Old English spelling. But what about the pronunciation?

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A Travis County judge has ruled that Texas Comptroller Susan Combs must submit to a three-hour deposition to answer questions related to the largest data leak in Texas history. Combs issued a statement this afternoon saying she will appeal. The comptroller revealed in April that the personal information of 3.5 million current and former state employees was stored on a publicly accessible computer server for about a year.

As many as 4,900 current and former employees of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) may have had their personal information exposed in the latest data security breach involving state workers. The news comes two months after the Texas Comptroller announced that the personal information of 3.5 million employees was potentially compromised. DARS is not releasing much information now on how the breach may have occurred or exactly what type of information could...

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More Fallout from Comptrollers Security Breach The Houston Chronicle is reporting a second class-action lawsuit has been filed against Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on behalf of the 3.5 million people whose personal information was compromised online. The suit was filed in federal court in Houston. We are seeking the $1,000 statutory penalty for each of these individuals whose privacy was violated by the Comptroller, said attorney Muhammad Aziz, of the Abraham, Watkins,...

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After state and federal investigations started over the State Comptrollers offices exposure of personal information for over 3.5 million people, now an outside group is joining in. Two lawyers of the Texas Civil Rights Project are asking a Travis County court to give them permission to investigate the security lapse. In response to the legal actions taken by the Texas Civil Rights Project, Combs emailed her response to KUT via her spokesperson. I am deeply sorry for what has happened and my...

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Today, the Texas State Comptrollers Office starts mailing out letters to everyone affected by the security breach that left 3.5 million personal information files publicly accessible online. The breach means everyone who is a member of the Teachers Retirement System of Texas, the Public Employees Retirement System of Texas, or the Texas Workforce Commission likely had their information made public, Comptroller of Public Accounts spokesperson Allen Spelce confirmed in an interview with KUT. To...

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Guns on Campus Bill Stalling in the Senate Legislation under consideration at the State Capitol would make it legal to carry guns on college and university campuses. One of the bills sponsors, State Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio, failed to get enough votes to bring it up for debate Monday. Senator Wentworth says hes one vote short to bring the bill to the floor. Those in favor of the measure say it would give people the right to protect themselves on campus. Opponents are concerned it would escalate campus violence. You can read the full text of the Senate bill here .