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CDPH Reports 'Big' Data Security Breach

Personal and medical information for up to 2,550 residents and employees of 600 Southern California skilled nursing facilities has gone missing in the mail, the California Department of Public Health says.

2 comments on "CDPH Reports 'Big' Data Security Breach"
Sang (12/30/2010 at 5:15 PM)

Dave, The story notes that the tape was UNencrypted. What I'm curious to know is, why is it protocol to use a private courier over the USPS? Couriers have plenty of instances of losing stuff, too. Maybe they're better at not losing mail, but it still happens. If the CDPH was serious about protecting the information, they should have a protocol calling for the use of cryptographic solutions for any digital data that is mailed.
dave (12/16/2010 at 12:56 PM)

I'm confused. If the tape was enctrypted and cannot be read, then how was there a breach??