Data Breaches Affected 16 California Agencies in 2012
In 2012, 16 California agencies -- including health care departments -- and affiliated not-for-profits reported major data breaches, according to state data. For example, an unencrypted computer containing confidential information on 4,400 patients with AIDS was stolen in April 2012 from a state Department of Public Health service provider in Palms Springs. In November 2012, the Department of Health Care Services unintentionally posted online 14,000 Social Security numbers for in-home care workers.
- "Calif. Agencies Often Fail To Protect Confidential Information, Data Shows" (Walter, Center for Investigative Reporting, 5/30).