Another government agency falls short in protecting personal data. A recent data breach to the Department of Education website’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), has compromised the personal information of approximately 100,000 taxpayers. Parents and students had an option to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), which provided access to their income information from prior year tax returns and automatically filled in the applicable information on the FAFSA application.
Identity thieves used the personal information of individuals that they had obtained from outside the tax system to begin the FAFSA application process. The thieves further used the DRT …read more
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