Personal data stolen in Pr. William
The personal information of 669 Prince William County residents with intellectual disabilities was stored on a government-issued Blackberry that was stolen from a county employee's car last month, county officials said Friday.
But there has not yet been any indication that anyone's credit or medical records have been used, authorities said.
The theft occurred between June 18 and 19, Prince William spokesman Jason D. Grant said, from an employee's locked car in the driveway of their home. The Blackberry's hard drive had some case files and the full client list of the 669 Prince William residents enrolled in the Intellectual Disabilities Case Management Program.
That information included names, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security and Medicaid numbers. When the theft was discovered, Grant said, Prince William began contacting all of the residents who might possibly be victimized, including their guardians or caregivers, to help them take steps to protect their credit and personal information
In the nearly four weeks since then, Grant said there have been no reports of any breaches of personal records. The employee did not break any confidentiality or HIPAA requirements by having the data, Grant said.
But county officials are looking into ways of encrypting the data to provide greater security, Grant noted.
-- Tom Jackman
July 16, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
Categories: Identity Theft , Pr. William , Tom Jackman
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