Auditors say the Nevada agency that ensures mobile homes are safe has been collecting Social Security numbers even though it's not allowed to, and hasn't been encrypting them or using other safeguards.
A state audit of Nevada's Manufactured Housing Division found more than 2,000 Social Security numbers and names were unsecured on the agency's network. Even more numbers were kept in hardcopy files, and about 200 files of unencrypted personal information were being kept on staff computer hard drives.
Auditors say one program within the division is legally authorized to collect some sensitive information, but others are not.
Officials with the agency told a legislative panel Nov. 19 that they were about 25 percent through the task of removing the information, and are changing application forms to avoid over-collecting data.
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