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Hospital: Tapes Gone, No Letters To Be Sent

DATA LOSS—U.S.

September 10, 2010

A Massachusetts hospital has concluded its investigation into the disappearance of backup computer tapes containing the personal information of approximately 800,000 individuals, The Boston Globe reports. "All available evidence indicates that the files are unrecoverable and that there is little to no risk that information on the files has been or could be acquired," the South Shore Hospital said in a statement. Investigators concluded that the tapes were probably sent to a commercial landfill, according to the report. Hospital officials have determined that they will not send notification letters to those potentially affected. That decision has drawn the ire of Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley.
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