Accenture is in hot water with the state of Connecticut for putting sensitive data about hundreds of state bank accounts and purchasing cards as well as 58 taxpayers on a back-up tape that was later stolen.
So far there is no indication that the data has been used to withdraw money from the accounts or make improper charges against the cards, according to the state's attorney general's office.
The tape was lost in June and Accenture notified Connecticut on 4 September, the attorney general said.
The comptroller's office hired Accenture to create a financial data system, and transferred some of the data to a tape that was taken to Ohio where the company was working on a similar project, according to a published report in the Hartford Courant. The tape was stolen.
Connecticut seeks reimbursement for resources expended to secure the data and an order that Accenture return some of the money the state has already paid it.
Accenture says an employee violated company policy in taking the data out of state, according to the paper.
The suit may be prompted by political wrangling between the state's Republican governor and its Democrat attorney general and comptroller. The governor said it thought the Democrats hadn't reacted strongly enough to the breach and three days later the attorney general filed suit.
The tape was stolen in June from the car of a student intern for the state of Ohio, the paper said.
The attorney general said 298 active purchasing card numbers were stolen along with 456 inactive ones.