LA County supervisors act to help business owners affected by data breach – Daily News
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors asked its staff on Tuesday, August 30 to identify resources that could be offered to help operators of hundreds of food trucks or other mobile food facilities whose personal information has mistakenly published on a county website.
The county’s public health department announced last week that some operators whose food businesses have undergone health inspections in the past two years had their personal information mistakenly posted on the agency’s website.
The information — including names, driver’s license numbers and possibly birth dates — has since been removed from the Environmental Health Division’s website, but county officials said they are working to contact the people concerned.
It was not immediately clear when the information was released or how long it has been publicly available online, but county officials said the release relates to operators of 806 facilities that have undergone environmental health inspections. between July 1, 2020 and July 29, 2022.
The County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday, in the absence of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, in favor of a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger calling for a 30-day report on resources the county can provide to the commercial operators concerned.
“The threat of identity theft and its consequences are real,” Barger said in a statement after the vote. “I wrote this motion because the county has a duty to help all mobile food service operators and licensees who are now at increased risk since their personal information has been shared in error. I want business owners to be feel supported. The best way to do that now is to identify responsive, responsive resources that can help.”
In his petition, Barger wrote that the county “must do more to correct and remedy any potential shortcomings in our own processes to prevent similar situations like this from happening again.”
Anyone who thinks their information may have been compromised has been urged to call the county at 888-700-9995 to determine if they were affected by the inappropriate posting.
County officials said last week that the health agency had retrained its staff “on relevant policies and procedures and provided additional training to prevent future incidents.”