Computer Theft Affects Millions of Patients
DATA LOSS—U.S.November 17, 2011
The personal information of more than four million patients of the Sutter Medical Foundation was compromised when a password-protected but unencrypted computer was stolen from the foundation's offices in October, The Sacramento Bee reports. Data on approximately 3.3 million of the patients included names, mailing and e-mail addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers and health plans. Sutter Health officials have contacted state and federal authorities, are conducting an investigation and have begun encrypting their computers. Meanwhile, Union Bank & Trust, which oversees Illinois' Bright Directions tuition program, mistakenly sent out 36,000 letters with the recipients' Social Security numbers printed on the envelopes, UPI reports. The bank is offering free identity theft services and credit monitoring.