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Identity crisis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A security breach in an internal Memphis Police Department computer system allowed Social Security numbers and personal information to be posted online.

"I'm afraid for me and my family," Charles Bady White said.

Bady White's Social Security number, phone number and address were accessible through a Google search.  His mother, grandmother, and sisters' information was also leaked.

"In the beginning it should have never been on there," Deborah Bady said.

The MPD confirmed there was a security breach with their "KIOSK" system. It's a searchable database that officers use to search for individuals, residences and vehicles.  MPD spokesperson Sgt. Karen Rudolph said some database information was picked up by Google.

"It is out there," Sgt. Rudolph said. "It's something that we're working with now. Our IT staff is working with Google to clear all the history and to keep that from happening."

Much of the information posted online is publicly available. The information in the "KIOSK" system comes from police reports, complaints and other sources. Even so, MPD officials say the information should not have been available on the Internet.

"It's something we do not want out there on the Internet just readily accessible for anybody to be able to search for," Sgt. Rudolph added.

The MPD plans to contact the individuals impacted by the data breach. They will let them know what happened and what is being done to fix the breach.

But Deborah Bady is concerned about the damage that could be done to her family members.

"In the beginning it should have never been on there," Bady said.

The "KIOSK" system is offline while IT staffers fix the security issue.

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