University of Tennessee Medical Center officials are alerting about 8,000 patients that hospital reports containing their private information were not properly disposed of and could pose a privacy breach risk.
“Based upon departmental policy, the report was maintained for 45 days. The oldest report was discarded each day as a current report was added. Rather than being shredded per Hospital policy, the report was discarded in the Hospital’s waste stream,” Thomas stated in the letter. “There was no sensitive, personal or identifying information in view on the outside of the report; however, within the report was certain patient-related information, including the patient’s name and social security number.”
Charter Communications Inc. is notifying 9,000 current and former employees across the country that their personal information was stolen, along with the laptop that housed it, last month from a Charter Media office in South Carolina.
The theft occurred from a Greenville office on July 11 but was discovered July 14. Charter spokesman Marty Richmond said 12 laptops were stolen but only one contained sensitive data. That computer had the Social Security numbers, names and birth dates of the employees.
Social Security numbers, pharmacy records and other personal health data from about 130,000 people covered by health insurance giant Wellpoint Inc. were left open for possible breach on the Internet, the health insurance giant confirmed Tuesday.
Wellpoint said it is not aware of any identity theft related to the problem.
Operating locally under the Unicare name, Wellpoint said customer information in several states, including Illinois, was exposed in the last year because two computer servers maintained by a vendor “were not properly secured for a period of time.” The insurer declined to name the vendor.
A laptop containing sensitive and unencrypted personal data on 51,000 current and former employees of Agilent Technologies was stolen from the car of an Agilent vendor March 1 in San Francisco, the company said in a letter mailed to former employees this week.
The data includes employee names, Social Security numbers, home addresses and details of stock options and other stock-related awards.
A hard drive containing the Social Security numbers of nearly 40,000 Georgetown students, alumni, faculty and staff was reported stolen from the office of Student Affairs on Jan. 3, potentially exposing thousands of students to identity theft.
The hard drive was not encrypted, meaning that information on the drive can be obtained by unauthorized parties, Lambert said. He was unsure if the hard drive was password-protected.
A laptop stolen during a recent blood drive contained sensitive information on 268,000 Minnesota-region blood donors, Memorial Blood Centers say.
The laptop was in a briefcase that was stolen just before 7 a.m. Nov. 28 as workers were setting up a blood drive, said Laura Kaplan, manager of marketing and communications with the blood center. “They were setting up for a blood drive and this was in a briefcase,” she said. “The police have told us they believe it was a random crime.”
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