Identities of thousands of Tennesseans with HIV made vulnerable by government error

Bret Kelman reports:

For nine months, the confidential data just sat there, where hundreds of employees could reach it.

The identities of thousands of Tennesseans with HIV or AIDS, both living and dead, were listed in a computer database kept on a server accessible to the entire staff of the Nashville Metro Public Health Department.

But it was more than just a list of names. With just a few clicks, the database would reveal their social security numbers, birthdays, addresses, lab results and some of the intimate secrets of private lives.

Were they gay, bisexual or transgender? The database could tell you.

Did they ever use illegal drugs? The database could tell you that too.

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