Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ID Theft 14000 Patients

An employee of a Florida medical clinic had ties to an identity theft ring and 14,000 patients' personal information is at risk.

The employee, who was terminated and may face criminal charges, inappropriately accessed patient records and information such as names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, may have been sold.

"The Secret Service told the University of Florida (UF) Privacy Office that an employee working at a UF Clinic may have been part of an identity theft ring."
- University of Florida website
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Sources:
(a) College of Medicine University Physicians Group Practice ID Theft Privacy Brech - University of Florida, 04/03/2013
(b) U-Florida: ID Theft a Risk for 14000 Patients - HealthDataManagement, 04/05/2013

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