Social Security numbers were on line

March 23, 2007 at 2:41 PM

SACRAMENTO, March 23 (UPI) -- The California Secretary of State's Office had hundreds of thousands of Social Security numbers on its Web site for three years, officials said.

The office removed the personal information, which exposed people to identity theft, after being alerted to the risk by a state legislator, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Friday.

The information was part of Uniform Commercial Code filings related to securing loans, and about a third of the 2 million filings had the borrowers' names, addresses, signatures and Social Security numbers, the Daily News reported.

Assemblyman Dave Jones alerted the office to the problem and told the Daily News the posting of the personal information was "potentially the longest running government Internet breach in California's history."

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