VA cops investigated for privacy violation

William R. Levesque reports:

The door was supposed to be locked. It wasn’t. Two officers patrolling the Bay Pines VA Medical Center stepped inside.

They found a stack of papers that should have been locked away. Some contained private patient information — Social Security numbers, treatment information, patient addresses.

To figure out who could be so careless, VA investigators are starting with Bay Pine’s police force.

That open door led into its offices.

The privacy officer at the nation’s fourth-busiest veterans hospital is investigating how up to 800 police reports were left in an area where the public might have had access, Bay Pines confirmed on Tuesday.

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