iWantClips Data Breach (1099 Forms / Information Exposed)
IWantClips compromises all US models’ privacy by emailing tax forms to another performer
Hot on the heels of the PussyCash/ImLive data security issue, clip site IWantClips has revealed that one of their employees emailed a .zip file containing 1099-MISC tax documents for all performers from 2017. This file was sent to an IWantClips model, and included names, addresses, and partial Social Security Numbers. iWantClips responded to the matter via tweet and model dashboard. We’ve got their official statement below.
So @iwantclips doxed a bunch of us to fellow SW.
Check your mail. pic.twitter.com/1piBNetzdR
— Violet Doll (@VioletDoll) January 16, 2020
Another Twitter user verified Violet Doll’s tweet, pointing out that the Data Breach Notification Letter had been posted on the Massachusetts’ Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation website, as required by law. If you were a model on IWantClips in 2017, please check your mail for this letter, or reach out to support directly.
iWantClips Official Statement:
Dear IWC community,
The purpose of this statement is to clear up any rumors and speculation related to a recent inadvertent data release and to provide our community with the facts.
Our preference would have been to make this statement earlier, however, in accordance with applicable state, and federal law, it was important to first notify those affected. As soon as we became aware of this inadvertent data release, we initiated our procedures for handling this type of issue and brought in the assistance of our counsel, Silverstein Legal.
In this isolated incident, there was a minor inadvertent data release that affected a very small number of our artists (483 United States based artists out of our community of more than 30,000 artists) who had previously received a 1099 from us in the year 2017. The information contained within the file were the 2017 1099s that stated the artist’s provided name, address, earnings for the year, and only the last 4 digits of their SSN. No artist stage names were associated with this information. As data security and artist privacy is always treated as a priority, our procedures were effective in minimizing the impact this release has had on our community.
The artist who received the file is a trusted and respected artist that has been in the adult entertainment community for more than 10 years. This artist immediately informed us of the error and deleted the file from their email and computer. Furthermore, the individual within the billing department that made this inadvertent error was terminated.
Although we are confident that no artists were adversely affected in this instance, we have further increased our security procedures, in regard to the handling of personal information to prevent this type of occurrence from happening again in the future. We firmly believe in upholding the highest possible standards for protecting the safety and security of our artists.
We sincerely appreciate our community for their understanding, as well as for sharing their thoughts and concerns with us. Please reach out to us anytime if you have any other questions or concerns at Support@iWantClips.com.
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