Aon Consulting, a Chicago-based benefits management firm, is notifying 22,000 State of Delaware retirees following a data breach.

Aon inadvertently included Social Security numbers, dates of birth and gender information for the retirees in a request for proposal for vision benefits that it prepared for the state. The RPF was posted on Aug. 16 and removed on Aug. 20 after the discovery that Social Security numbers had not been deleted from a file, according to statements from the state and consultant.

Aon on Aug. 30 started notifying affected retirees and is offering a year of free credit monitoring services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights also has been notified.

--Joseph Goedert


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