Contra Costa Patients Notified About Breach
DATA LOSS—U.S.December 5, 2011
In California, Contra Costa County officials have begun notifying thousands of county hospital patients that their personal information was exposed in a breach, Contra Costa Times reports. The county published the names of more than 5,000 patients in a public document--the Health Services Write-Off Report--that was posted to the Internet. Patients' financial records and other personal information also were included in the report. The data has since been redacted, according to County Administrator David Twa. "It's not the public's right to know that," Twa said.