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Mass. Hospital Missing 800,000 Records

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 21, 2010

The South Shore Hospital has announced that 800,000 records may have been lost during shipping to an off-site contractor responsible for destroying the records, reports The Boston Globe. The files contained information on patients, employees, physicians, volunteers, donors and business partners of the hospital and may have included names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, medical information and other personal data. Hospital officials have determined that the records cannot be accessed without specialized equipment and knowledge and they have no evidence suggesting the files have been accessed. President and CEO Richard Aubut has apologized and noted that they are "still searching for those files."
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