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Blood Bank Loses Data on 300K

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 7, 2011

Cord Blood Registry (CBR), the world's largest stem cell bank, has notified about 300,000 people that their data may have been have been exposed when storage tapes and a laptop were stolen from an employee's locked car last December, reports Network World. According to CBR's director of corporate communications, the tapes may have contained credit card numbers, driver's license numbers or social security numbers but no medical information. CBR sent letters to affected people dated February 14 offering a year of free credit monitoring and assurances of better security practices in the future, but some are questioning why it took so long for them to notify people and why the data was not better protected.
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