Healthcare Facilities, School Report Breaches
DATA LOSS—U.S.January 31, 2012
Three healthcare facilities and a university are reporting data breaches. Kentucky's Lexington Clinic sent letters last week alerting 1,018 patients that a laptop was stolen from the clinic on December 7 and asking that those affected watch for signs of identity theft, Kentucky.com reports. In New York, a burglar stole two laptops that contained 640 patient records--including some Social Security numbers--from a doctor's office. In California, the names and Social Security numbers of nearly 400 hospital employees were posted to a public website. The incident occurred in 2007 but was not remedied until last month. In Maryland, a state audit recently revealed that the public could access Social Security numbers on thousands of prospective students on a University System of Maryland server.