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Computer Glitch Sends Personal Data to Unintended Recipients

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 23, 2010

Tennessee's Medicaid management system is offering one year of free identity theft safeguards to 3,900 people after a computer glitch sent their personal information to the wrong mailing addresses.  TennCare says it will mail notifications this week to those whose personal data--including names, birth dates and Social Security numbers--may have been affected. TennCare's director said there is no evidence the information has been "improperly accessed or misused in any way," and that TennCare worked closely with other state agencies to correct the system's information and investigate the breach, Knox News reports. "We have also put in place protocols to help ensure such an error doesn't occur again," he said.
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