Friday, July 23, 2010

Offsite data destruction and lack of encryption play role in South Shore Hospital breach

Hospital says 800K records may be missing

South Shore Hospital in Weymouth says computer files containing personal information for about 800,000 people were lost when they were being shipped to a contractor for destruction.

The backup computer files were shipped out on Feb. 26, 2010, the hospital said. When the company did not provide certificates of destruction, the hospital inquired and learned from the company that only a portion of the files had been received and destroyed. A search is underway for the missing files.

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