After confessing that a contractor misplaced a USB drive containing the personal information of 460,000 residents after a night out, a Japanese city has been left with more than just a headache, CBS News informed.
In the western city of Amagasaki, Japan, a private contractor whose identity has not been released was carrying memory cards in a bag when he went out for drinks after work on Thursday.
But on Tuesday night, while working with a local pandemic relief initiative, she realized she had lost her bag.
According to CBS NewsAn Amagasaki official told reporters: “We deeply regret having deeply damaged the public’s trust in the city administration.”
To make it easier to send the data to a contact center in the neighboring city of Osaka, it was copied to the USB. It had all the names, gender, addresses, birthdays and other personal information of the city’s citizens, along with some people’s tax and bank account information, the city administration said.
However, there may be good news because the city claims that the data was encrypted and the USB was password locked. According to local media reports, there is no indication that the data has been accessed. Police have been informed of the loss and are investigating.
“We will thoroughly ensure security management when handling electronic data,” Kyodo News quoted the city administration as saying. “We will work to regain the trust of our residents by raising awareness of the importance of protecting personal information.”
According to a travel website, Osaka InformationAmagasaki in Japan is considered to be the area’s “hotspot” for nightlife.
Because there are so many izakayas (Japanese gastropubs), socializing with friends and co-workers while eating and drinking is the norm, the website says.