Patient Data Landed Online After a Series of Missteps

The Stanford Hospital breach is a useful reminder of why you shouldn’t use real data sets for testing.  Kevin Sack of the New York Times reports:

Private medical data for nearly 20,000 emergency room patients at California’s prestigious Stanford Hospital were exposed to public view for nearly a year because a billing contractor’s marketing agent sent the electronic spreadsheet to a job prospect as part of a skills test, the hospital and contractors confirmed this week. The applicant then sought help by unwittingly posting the confidential data on a tutoring Web site.

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