Data breaches: top hits of 2012 so far (US)

Spring is sprung, and so are data breaches. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has a very nifty feature of allowing one to search and sort for them. So far in 2012, not including hacking and ‘unknown causes’, medical related data breaches total 61. Some are routine, others are downright alarming. The two largest (only those with SSN–Social Security Number):

  • South Carolina HHS, South Carolina Medicaid–19 April: an employee compiled Medicaid beneficiaries data and sent it to his personal email. Estimated breach–228,000
  • Emory Healthcare, Emory University Hospital–18 April: 10 backup discs that contained patient information are missing from a storage location at Emory University Hospital. Estimated breach–over 228,000.