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Breaches Hit Health Orgs, EPA; Costly for LinkedIn

DATA LOSS—U.S.

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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