Citizens must use devices such as computers, laptops or mobile phones Change passwordsproviding antivirus protection, activating the firewall, and checking account movements. A public announcement by the department reads: “Be vigilant if suspicious credit card payments are reported by your bank, your contacts will notice that spam is being sent from your address and logins are not working even though the data is correct.” Excessive battery consumption on devices can be a warning sign.
The notice states that “Protect Personal Data It cannot be guaranteed to the extent required and in line with technical and organizational requirements.” When asked by RHEINPFALZ, State Data Protection Officer Dieter Kugelmann sees this as an indication that “not everything went smoothly.” Whether it was human error or technical error is The area management responsible for it is currently under investigation.According to Kugelmann, the fault could be in the data management system, for example, that employees have access to data they don’t need in their area of responsibility.The results could be available in January at the earliest.
According to the applicable data protection regulations, the county government must immediately inform the relevant data persons if it is evident that sensitive data could be misused. According to Kugelmann, this does not include cases where the name and home address were published, but health data. Since the effort to notify each individual affected citizen would be “disproportionately high”, the District Administration, in consultation with the Data Protection Officer, resorted to the possibility of posting an announcement. “You don’t necessarily have to contact citizens personally,” Kugelman explains.
According to spokeswoman Kornelia Barnewald, the district administration plans to personally contact all district citizens whose sensitive data has been posted to the Darknet. To do this, however, the stolen data must first be viewed, which has been going on since mid-November. “It’s progressing more slowly than we’d hoped,” says Barnewald. It cannot yet say when those affected will receive the mail.