December 20, 2022
Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500
Personal identifying information of some Boulder County Jail inmates accidently released
Boulder County, Colo. - It was brought to our attention earlier today that the social security numbers of some inmates were inadvertently posted on a daily listing of inmates on our web site. The numbers were visible only if the listing report was downloaded and exported to an Excel file.
As soon as we were notified of the issue, staff took the export button off the web site. All social security numbers have been removed from the data set which the spreadsheet was generated from to ensure this cannot happen again.
Upon investigation into the issue, we found that on December 15, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. the Boulder County jail’s daily listing report went down. In order to get the listing up and operational again, the data was re-exported. When the query was rebuilt for the historical excel export, an incorrect field was selected for the charge field that contained the social security number.
Going forward, our IT staff will run a review daily to ensure that the information on our online jail reports does not include any information that isn’t public data. We are also working to notify the affected inmates and assist them in protecting their credit.
We sincerely apologize to everyone that was affected and will diligently work to ensure that this never takes place again.