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A US government agency responsible for disaster relief has accidentally leaked the personal data of millions of disaster survivors with a third-party contractor, it has revealed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sits within the Department of Homeland Security to help US citizens before, during and after disasters.

It announced on Friday that the privacy leak affected the personally identifiable information (PII) of disaster survivors using the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.

The agency admitted that it “provided more information than was necessary” to the contractor, potentially exposing those details to the risk of loss or theft by malicious third-parties and insiders.

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