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The state should create a privacy office to better protect Oregonians’ personal information, state auditors say.

State agencies often require residents to provide sensitive information like a social security number or birth date to access services, such as getting a driver’s license.

“Agencies use technology to collect, maintain, use, disseminate, and dispose of sensitive information for virtually all Oregonians,” auditors wrote in a report released Wednesday.

But the state hasn’t developed a system to “ensure that privacy risks are identified and managed throughout” state government, including processes to make sure that security incidents where personal information is at stake are “appropriately handled,” auditors said.

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While many individual agencies have