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Stanford Breach Was Series of Missteps

DATA LOSS—U.S.

October 6, 2011

The New York Times reports on the causes of last month's Stanford Hospital data breach and how a "series of missteps" often leads to major data breaches. One of the individuals responsible for the incident attributed the breach to "a chain of mistakes which are far too easy to make when handling electronic data." Representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have said that HITECH's breach reporting requirements show flaws in organizations but encourage "renewed vigilance." The HHS Office for Civil Rights' new director, Leon Rodriguez, said, "Are there still a lot of problems out there? Yeah, my sense is there are still a lot of problems." Meanwhile, Corporate Counsel reports on handling a data breach notification. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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