NOTICE TO RPOAC MEMBERS – CCW PERMIT DATA LEAK
On June 27, 2022, the California Attorney General’s Office had a serious breach of its database wherein information concerning concealed and carry weapons (CCW) permits was exposed to the public. This affected not only current permit holders but anybody who was granted or denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon between 2011 and 2021. The information included names, dates of birth, gender, race, driver’s license numbers, addresses and criminal histories, according to the statement. Social Security numbers and financial information were not exposed. We are aware of at least one agency that did not report this information to the AG’s Office in the first place. The AG’s office states that it will soon be mailing notifications to all those whose private information was compromised via regular, U.S. Mail. There is also a telephone number that anyone can call to find out if their information was compromised:
Call Center: 1-833-909-4419 (Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. PT)
As an organization whose fundamental purpose is to protect and serve the interests of law enforcement retirees, RPOAC has taken immediate action to fulfill that responsibility. An emergency meeting of the RPOAC Board of Directors, with its legal counsel, was conducted on July 8, 2022 and the measures set forth below were adopted for immediate implementation:
1) Advise all RPOAC Members of the Breach and Our Action.
Members are being so advised via email and this website. Members are encouraged to immediately contact their respective agencies from where they retired or the DOJ’s office (via the telephone number above) and ascertain whether or not their particular information was compromised. If you find that your information has been compromised, we ask that you then promptly reply via email or by returning the electronic form found on this page, with confirmation that your information was breached. This reply information is vital in order for the RPOAC Board to assess the extent of the issue - as to its members and collectively as an organization.
2) Lawsuits or Claims.
Predictably, a gun owner’s organization has already tried to make the big splash by filing a class action in U.S. District Court. RPOAC has consulted with its legal counsel and the decision has been made to: 1) first investigate the extent of the issue for its Members; 2) evaluate the litigation/claims options that are available; and, 3) decide as an organization whether to pursue that course.
We expect to be in a position to evaluate the extent of the issue in approximately two weeks and advise then of whatever decisions have been made. You are all further encouraged to contact your chapter directors to voice any questions, concerns or suggestions that you may have. Our objective is to optimally proceed in protecting everyone’s best interests through this profoundly troubling and serious event.
Fraternally, RPOAC Board of Directors