Data Breach Was False Alarm, Says OSHA

- Early last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported a potential breach to their online injury and illness reporting portal and shut down the website. However, OSHA has, as of August 25, restored access to the site and determined that personal data was not endangered during the event.

According to a statement from OSHA, “a complete scan was conducted by the National Information Technology Center (NITC) and it has confirmed that there was no breach of data in OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) and no information in ITA was compromised.”

The shutdown and hacker scare came only a month after the portal officially opened, reports Inside OSHA Online, and will likely give firepower to the opponents of the portal.

The online reporting portal, a holdover from the Obama administration, was intended to create further transparency for workplace injuries in order to pressure employers to take up safer practices. Potential breaches only add to the anxiety of employers already wary to publicly disclose sensitive business information.

Pressure groups, alongside President Trump’s deregulatory agenda and delays of the policy’s implementation, put the future of the portal on uncertain grounds.

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