Grifton data leak caused by software transition

GRIFTON, N.C. (WITN) – Town officials are sharing more about a data leak they posted about on Monday.

Grifton Town Manager Oryan Lowry says “no information” was leaked to the public, though the town’s Facebook post referred to it as a data leak.

Lowry says the issue happened while they were transitioning to a new municipal software because their current one was outdated.

The transition involved transferring data.

If there were dual applicants on the application for new services – like a husband and wife, for example – Lowry says their social security number was transferred to the address portion in error.

This led to social security numbers being printed on the address label on the outside of envelopes sent out to the public. Oryan says 73 people were impacted, and some were concerned about those numbers being printed so openly.

However, Lowry says everyone affected was identified, and their social security numbers were taken out of the address field so the error does not happen again.