May 222019

Jacob Rascon reports:

With the help of Tomball Police, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is investigating the illegal dumping of thousands of medical records.

The more than 20 boxes of records belonged to former Today’s Vision patients and employees, including their Social Security numbers.

Read more on Click2Houston. It’s not yet clear who is responsible for the illegal dumping of the patient records,
which reportedly cover the years 1997-2013, “and also include payment and insurance information, limited health history, addresses and phone numbers.” The dumped employee records also included immigration status and resumes.

May 102019

Dan Elsom reports:

MORE than 2,000 drivers had confidential details exposed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency after important documents were sent to the wrong addresses.

The DVLA reported 439 data breaches over a 10-month period, according to a BBC Freedom of Information investigation.

Read more on The Sun.

May 102019

Severin Carrell reports:

The Scottish National Party faces being fined for a breach of data protection laws after sending out tens of thousands of European election mailings to the wrong addresses.

The Information Commissioner’s Office confirmed on Friday morning that the SNP had referred itself for investigation after voters across Scotland received letters addressed to strangers or neighbours.

Read more on The Guardian.

May 072019

Jimmy Thomson reports:

Some Yellowknife parents say they’re worried about privacy after sensitive information about their children was left in the salvage area of the city’s landfill.

Documents left at Yellowknife’s dump contained names, birth dates, health care numbers and details about health conditions, and parents’ names and contact information.

All 191 records relate to children, ranging in age from four to 15 years old.

Read more on Cabin Radio.

May 032019

Catherine Shanahan reports:

Documents with sensitive patient data identifying children and adults, details of surgical procedures, and reasons for missing appointments have been found on a busy city-centre street in Cork.

The highly personalised information relating to patients attending Cork University Hospital (CUH) for plastic surgery was discovered by Luke Field, a Labour Party local election candidate in Cork City South Central.

Children are readily identifiable because dates of birth are included, as well as references to different children’s wards at CUH, including Ladybird, Seahorse, and Puffin.

Read more on Irish Examiner.