The Federal Emergency Management Agency shared private data, including banking information, of millions of hurricane and wildfire survivors, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general said on Friday. The unlawful disclosure places the survivors at "increased risk of identity theft and fraud." The data was shared with an unidentified federal contractor that was helping the 2.3 million survivors from Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires find housing. It included 20 "unnecessary" fields such as electronic funds transfer numbers, bank transit numbers, and addresses. FEMA said it has already begun filtering the data to ensure it cannot be shared, and the organization has said that there is so far no indication that the information has been compromised.
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