The Governor says the state should move as quickly as possible to implement new protections for personal information.
A report from the Milwaukee-based Metavante company suggests the state make several policy changes to help protect sensitive personal information. Those include limiting the use of Social Security numbers and training state employees how to properly handle sensitive data. Governor Jim Doyle says the report is a good starting point for what the state needs to do.
The Governor is calling on state agencies to stop using Social Security numbers as quickly as possible, especially after high-profile releases of that information in the past year. However, Doyle admits limiting their use will take time because of the many different computer systems used by state agencies.
Those different systems could also impact the speed in which the state can train employees to safeguard information. Doyle says the many different ways agencies use personal information could require varying policies. Still, the Governor says protecting personal information will be a priority.