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Dept. of Health Sends Data to Wrong Recipients

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 15, 2010

On Tuesday, the Connecticut Department of Health accidentally sent e-mails containing personal data to an unknown number of recipients. The e-mails contained names, phone numbers, appointment dates and regional office locations of clients enrolled in a program administered by the state Department of Public Health, reports The Hartford Courant. The breach occurred during an upgrade of the department's appointment scheduling system, and the information was intended to go to regional offices. "We're still trying to determine how many people it may have gone out to," said a health department spokesperson. "All we know right now is that it went beyond where it was supposed to."
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