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Breaches Hit Health Orgs, EPA; Costly for LinkedIn


August 6, 2012

In three separate incidents, Palm Beach County Health Department (PBCHD), Stanford's medical school and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced personal data breaches. A PBCHD employee was fired for illegally accessing patient records to allegedly create a list for identity theft. Stanford School of Medicine officials have warned 2,500 patients their personal health data may have been breached after the theft of a computer, and the EPA confirmed that approximately 8,000 individuals’ Social Security numbers and bank routing numbers may have been exposed. Meanwhile, LinkedIn said that a breach earlier this year has already cost the company at least $1 million, SC Magazine reports. Editor's Note: The IAPP Privacy Academy will feature the breakout session, "Key Data Breach Mistakes and How You Overcome Them" in San Jose, this October.
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