Negligence Suit Filed Over Medical Records Breach
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.November 23, 2011
A patient of Sutter Medical Foundation has filed a class-action lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court after the personal information of more than four million Sutter patients was compromised in a breach. The suit claims the company failed to properly protect patient data contained on a password-protected--but not encrypted--computer that was stolen and that Sutter Health did not notify affected patients in the required time allotment, reports The Sacramento Bee. "Sutter should've had that under lock and key," said an attorney with the filing firm, adding, "they have a financial interest to make sure security is of the utmost importance."