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VA Inspector General Investigating Incident

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 10, 2010

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Department's inspector general has launched an investigation into a potential breach incident, reports NextGov. A physician's assistant at the VA's Atlanta medical center allegedly downloaded veterans' clinical data onto a personal laptop for research purposes, the report states. VA spokesperson Katie Roberts confirmed that an investigation is underway, saying that the VA is "trying to gather more details about the circumstances, including the number of veterans whose information was involved and the nature of the information affected." Roberts said, "The results of the investigation and analysis will help determine whether to send notifications...to the affected veterans."
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