Disabled Delawareans’ Personal Data Ends Up in Student Project

A recent Delaware Department of Health and Social Services data breach resulted in the private data of hundreds of disabled Delawareans being included in a student project. 

Data included in the breach included full names, birth dates, primary diagnosis and county of residence. 

The breach occurred when four students from the University of Delaware contacted a Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) provider. The students reached out to request data for a project that aimed to use geo-mapping to detect gaps in the services received by DDDS recipients.