BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Buffalo City Attorney has been fired just days after a CBSNews investigation uncovered startling information on a discardedcity copier.
The Mayor says Diane O'Gorman's firing has nothing to do withthe copier situation even though it comes hours after one of herlegal letters appeared on TV. CBS News investigators bought fourused digital copiers in a New Jersey warehouse, two of them wereold Buffalo Police copiers with sensitive police information stillleft on the hard drive.
The City Attorney who handles police matters, Diane O'Gorman,sent CBS this letter saying, "Our department was unaware thatconfidential information was being retained on hard drives ofcopiers that we leased from Toshiba." Now, O'Gorman has beenfired.
Mayor Brown said, "I know that the Corporation Counsel hasdecided to move in another direction and bring in another member ofhis staff." When asked if the firing had something to do with thecopier situation, the Mayor responded, "Not a thing."
We've learned that those two police copiers were taken away inthe same week in January that City Hall swapped out all of itscopiers. It was approved as a lease of copiers citywide, afive-year deal with Toshiba, costing the city $119,000. But theMayor says all city copiers are not believed to have sensitiveinformation still on them.
Mayor Brown said, "The city's Information Technologiesdepartment has a system whereby the memory of the copiers is erasedbetween one day and 30 days. Unfortunately, the Police Departmenthad its own internal IT and was not utilizing the same process asBuffalo City Hall was."
Toshiba tells News 4 it has located and is in possession of allof the hard drives from their previous fleet and is working withthem to eradicate all of the data on the hard drives.
The Mayor says the Law Department continues to investigate this,but it appears the Police Department's own internal IT departmentwas responsible for clearing that information that was not clearedoff the hard drive.
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