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Was your data stolen in an Austin police hack? Department shares tool to look it up

Austin American-Statesman logo Austin American-Statesman 5/5/2021 Kelsey Bradshaw, Austin American-Statesman

Austin police shared an online tool Tuesday you can use to check if your personal or financial information was leaked during a June 2020 hack of the Austin Regional Intelligence Center.

The center is an information-gathering entity that shares intelligence on terrorism activity with the U.S. Homeland Security Department and multiple Central Texas police departments. 

On June 19, 2020, records from the center were accessed and published to the internet illegally, police said. 

Austin police made a website that people can visit to find out if their personal information was included in the data breach. Visitors to the site will fill out a form that asks for information including a date of birth and social security number.

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"Once entered, the system will provide a positive or negative indication of a match," police said.

If your information was included in the hack, you will be prompted to file a public information request with Austin police.

"The request will be reviewed and processed and the information that was published will be released to that individual," police said.

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