Monday, April 7, 2014

Employee Accessed Personal Information Without Permission

Although a California hospital learned in September 2012 that an employee accessed patient information without permission, only now is the hospital notifying patients about the breach. Information such as Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, addresses, birth dates and limited medical information was inappropriately accessed.
"The hospital declined to answer why they waited more than a year to inform patients or whether police were notified."
- Orange County Register
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Sources:
(a) La Palma Intercommunity Hospital informs patients of 2012 records breach - www.OCregister.com, 04/03/2014

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