The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has revealed that a mobile device containing the records of over 100,000 youths and employees has been stolen from a secure office.
The information stored on the device was not encrypted, despite the fact that DJJ policy states that “confidential data shall not be stored on a mobile device that does not have the encryption capability.”
The theft was initially reported to the Tallahassee Police Department on January 2. However, on Friday, the DJJ also notified the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
“This is an unacceptable lapse that could potentially expose youth and employees to identity theft,” stated Secretary Wansley Walters.
“We are working to determine who may be affected by the breach and make sure that all other devices with confidential information are properly protected. We are partnering with TPD to track down the stolen device and have reached out to FDLE.”