- Loss of public trust
- Increased Congressional oversight
- Loss of funding
For the victim:
- Identity theft
- Loss of benefits
For the person causing the privacy incident:
- Counseling and training
- Loss of employment
- Civil & criminal penalties
If we fail to protect PII, there can be severe consequences for everyone.
Most privacy incidents occur when employees mishandle PII due to a lack of awareness of PII safeguards, and when that occurs, they receive counseling and additional training.
But we have also experienced intentional privacy incidents at DHS. For example, a FEMA employee was sentenced to 5 years in prison for stealing the identities of more than 200 disaster survivors who had applied for government assistance.