The VA will provide free credit monitoring for more than 2,200 veterans whose personal information was posted to the genealogy website Ancestry.com after a mistaken release of data through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The website requested information from the VA about deceased veterans, which the VA provided on Mar. 18, 2011. Data from living veterans, including social security numbers, was then also published on the website by mistake. Ancestry.com has worked with the VA to immediately remove all information that was published, and there is no indication that any personally identifiable information was misused.
The VA is offering one year of free credit monitoring for all affected veterans. Those veterans who believe they may have been affected by this incident but have not yet been notified are urged to verify the status of their information through the VA by writing to the following address:
Department of Veterans Affairs, OIT Privacy Officer (005R1A)
810 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington DC 20420
(Attn: Garnett Best)
Affected veterans may also elect to request a free credit report for one year from any or all of the three national credit bureaus by calling 1-877-322-8228 or visiting www.annualcreditreport.com.