Hingham to inform 1,300 employees <br>of compromised personal data - Hingham - Your Town - Boston.com

More than two weeks after a Hingham official inadvertently sent dozens of people a document containing the names and Social Security numbers of everyone who worked for the town last year, town officials said they will notify the 1,300 employees of the breach Wednesday afternoon through e-mail and first class mail.

Officials also said they will comply with state law requiring them to notify the state’s attorney general’s office and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation of the breach, but maintain that the risk to employees is “beyond minimal.”

“We’re being overly cautious because it is sensitive information,” said Town Accountant Ted Alexiades.

Officials did not inform employees sooner because he believed they had already minimized any risk to employees, who hail from all over the South Shore, Alexiades said.