Vets lose privacy lawsuit against VA after unencrypted data is stolen from hospital

Patrick O’Neill reports:

After multiple thefts and data breaches related to the unencrypted personal information of 7,400 U.S. veterans out of a Veterans Affairs hospital, an appeals court dismissed a lawsuit this month in which patients alleged violations of the Privacy Act and Administrative Procedure Act.

The veterans claimed at least seventeen more data breaches have occurred at Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center hospital in Columbia, S.C. since litigation began, a claim called “undoubtedly concerning” by Fourth Circuit Judge Albert Diaz.

Read more on FedScoop. I had predicted that a suit under the Privacy Act would fail.

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