Government employees in the Department of Education have been caught stealing student’s personal information to apply for loans, credit cards, and cell phone accounts.
According to Daily Mail, one employee was fired for trying to look up Obama’s student loan records.
“As usual, the real privacy problem is government. Big Brother surveillance at the NSA is bad enough,” said Berin Szoka, president of Tech Freedom. “But bureaucratic incompetence can be far bigger problem. Failing to protect sensitive student loan data is just the tip of the iceberg of poor data security inside government.”
One female identity thief set up a fake Department of Education account so she could access the National Student Loan data system. She went into the database 24 times between 2006 and 2009 to obtain information, using what she got to apply for loans and credit cards.
The woman was arrested in 2011 and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. However, reports reveal she only served a month and was then given authorized work by a judge.
Also in 2011, a man violated department protocol by trying to access Barack Obama’s accounts. The man reportedly consistently spelled the president’s name wrong as he tried to access his student loan records, spelling his first name with two “r’s.”