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Veterans Affairs Data Breaches Online

DATA RETENTION—U.S.

August 12, 2010

Veterans Affairs Department (VA) Chief Information Officer Roger Baker told a press briefing yesterday that the department has begun posting monthly data breach reports on the Internet, reports nextgov.com. The monthly reports will include such breaches as lost, misplaced or stolen computers and smartphones and mail-order prescriptions sent to the wrong recipients. Baker said that VA employees have lost a total of 50 smartphones since the beginning of May. Meanwhile, of the 5.6 million prescriptions mailed by the VA pharmacy in July, 10 were incorrectly addressed. The online posting of breaches is an extension of continuing efforts by the VA to increase transparency.
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