Millions of people’s data breached at FEMA

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FEMA (CNN) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is notifying 2.5 million people that their personal information was shared with a third party.

FEMA shared the data with a contractor that supports its transitional sheltering assistance program.

Anyone who applied for temporary housing assistance between 2008 and 2018 may have been impacted.

The shared data includes banking information in about 1.8 million of the cases.

FEMA says it has removed all of the overshared information from its contractor’s system.

There is no evidence the data was ever hacked or accessed by an unauthorized party.

The agency is providing 18 months of free credit monitoring for anyone affected.

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