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Patient Records Exposed on the Internet

DATA LOSS—SOUTH AFRICA

May 3, 2010

Health authorities are looking into a data breach that exposed thousands of confidential patient records on a government Internet server, the Daily Dispatch reports. The information included patient names, telephone numbers and home addresses. Though the files were blocked after the breach was reported to Karl Bremmer Hospital officials, the information remained available through Google cache files, the report states. Health department officials have asked the search engine to remove the files. "We are taking this very seriously and are investigating the matter," said a health department spokesperson.
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