Monday, October 12, 2009

Stolen Laptop Holds Unencrypted Data of 850,000 Doctors

This is not Patient data, but then again maybe Doctors will care more about privacy in general now that their privacy has been breached.
A laptop computer stolen from the car of a BlueCross BlueShield employee contains unencrypted personal data of 850,000 physicians.  The data include names, addresses, tax ID numbers and national provider identification numbers.  About 187,000 of the physicians use their Social Security numbers (SSNs) as their tax ID or national provider numbers.  Company policy dictates that the data be encrypted, but the unidentified employee downloaded unencrypted data to work on at home; BlueCross BlueShield is reviewing its security policy in light of the incident.  The theft occurred on August 27, 2009. More and More