B.C. Health Ministry Data Breach Affects Millions

Jan 16, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Compliance and Regulation, Data, Data Breach  //  1 Comment

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News about yet another health data breach comes, with millions affected.  The largest breach of about 5 million people involves yet again, a USB drive.

I could see why a CIO would want to order the disabling of all USB ports on corporate computers. Then will someone is going to come up with a “USB Drives Don’t Breach Data, People Do” solution?

I’m still wondering why the tech community can’t come up with a solution to this ongoing attack on people’s data.   In these cases, is it that the employees just didn’t care about the people? Were they feeling pressure to just get the job done?  Did they not know that sensitive data was on these devices?  Perhaps they were just sharing one of their USB bottle openers like the ones I collect?

- June 2012: The health data of about 38,000 individuals was shared with a researcher. The data was linked to Statistics Canada community health survey information. The disclosure of the information breached an agreement with the federal government.

- June 2012: A USB stick which contained a plain text file of 19 types of health data was provided to an authorized ministry contractor. The file included personal health numbers and health conditions – such as Alzheimers – for about five million individuals over several years. Against policy the data that was neither encrypted or made non identifiable.

- October 2010: Health Ministry data containing the personal health numbers of about 21,000 people – with diagnostic information for about 262 chronic diseases conditions – was shared on a USB stick with a researcher without a request being approved.

via B.C. Health Ministry data breach affects millions – 38,000 will receive letters – Local – Times Colonist.

Disabling USB ports seems like the wrong approach.  Right now I’m leaning towards criminal prosecution of people who are careless with our data.

Love your data.  Because it’s really our data.

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