Job-seeker personal data misplaced

By Vicki Hyatt | Apr 11, 2014

About 40 individuals who filled out paperwork containing personal information at recent Haywood Community College job fair have been notified the information has seemingly been misplaced.

HCC President Barbara Parker said the college is providing LifeLock Protection Services to each of the students involved, as well as information from the N.C. Attorney General’s Office aimed at helping victims of identify theft.

“This was not any type of computer breach or an attempt by anyone to gain information from an outside source,” Parker said in a written statement. “Rather, we have a paper registration file that has been misplaced.”

Many of those who have been notified about the situation have appreciated the calls, Parker said, and have asked questions about the protection plan as well as other general questions.

“They have been very reasonable,” she said.

The HIRE HAYWOOD job fair was held April 3 on the college campus. Participants pre-registered with career coaches who helped create resumes and participated in training workshops to help them be better prepared in their job search process.