Glens Falls Hospital workers’ Social Security numbers and flu shot status released in internal email

Michael Goot reports on a breach involving hospital employees’ health information. In this case, the health information relates to a work issue, and Social Security numbers are also involved, but it’s still their health information that caught my eye.

The names and Social Security numbers of Glens Falls Hospital employees who had not received flu shots were released in an internal email to staff, according to a letter from management obtained by The Post-Star.

An employee who did not wish to be identified who had her information disclosed said that hospital management offered the employees one year of LifeLock identity theft protection free of charge because of the mistake.

Hospital officials said that the management group received an email from the Center for Occupational Health, regarding the influenza immunization status of employees. A report was attached to the email, which included employee names and their Social Security numbers, according to a copy of the Dec. 1 letter to staff obtained by The Post-Star.

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