Do You Know Where Your Sensitive Medical Information Is Right Now? - Page 2
Not the First Time
Both the Stanford University and Beth Israel data breaches are merely symptoms of a much larger problem with sensitive patient information being shared online.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains an ongoing database of medical data breaches affecting 500 or more individuals.
Some breaches are due to lost paper files, but many are due to "network server" or "laptop" issues.
Not to mention breaches in Big Pharma, with the massive Epsilon data breach revealing that hacking can go far beyond simply exposing customer names and emails.
Indeed, pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline later alerted customers via email that their email addresses and names were compromised and that the stolen information may have identified the product website on which they registered their medical conditions.
These sobering statistics beg the question: how many more online data thefts have not yet been noticed?
If not for the alert patient in California who spotted the Stanford medical file, how much longer would that sensitive information remained online?
Just Say No!
Do you know who has access to your sensitive medical information right now? Conside that question the next time you are filling out a form in person or online. Guard your Social Security number for yourself, and your children, as overusing your number is one of the main causes of identity theft.
Outside of the medical setting, it's best to question why anyone is requesting access to Social Security numbers at all, especially for your children. After all, you do not have to turn over your child's Social Security number in order for them to play in youth sports leagues and various school activities.
The fewer people who have access to your family's sensitive personal information, the better.