Denmark sent sensitive health data to Chinese by mistake

This may be one of the most epic fails disclosed in 2016. There is just so much wrong here….

Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen of Reuters reports:

Sensitive health information about almost the entire population of Denmark ended up in the wrong hands when a letter by mistake was sent to a Chinese visa office in Copenhagen, the Danish Data Protection Agency said on Wednesday.

The incident happened when two unencrypted CDs containing the data was sent last year by the Serum Institute, a public enterprise under the Danish health ministry, in an envelope to the country’s statistics office.

However, the envelope ended up instead at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Copenhagen, a few hundred meters from the statistics office.

The letter contained information on cancer, diabetes and psychiatric diagnoses as well as other data such as social security numbers, according to documents seen by Reuters.


Update: Catalin Cimpanu found an official statement that suggests that this was a 2015 breach. Read more on Softpedia.

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